On Saturday morning, December 17, Really Living’s newly formed drama team presented their debut production, “A Christmas to Believe In”. An enthusiastic audience of approximately 130 were present for the dramatic presentation, which featured a retelling of the nativity story by two present-day narrators, one of whom was searching to believe in the story of Jesus’ birth.
Approximately 30 people were involved with the production, from actors and actresses to stage managers, assistants, sound engineers, and vocalists. With humorous banter, musical interludes, colourful costumes, multi-media, and poignant scenes of faith, the production delighted and inspired its audience.
Preparation for the event was thorough. Once parts had been cast in October, the team practiced each Sunday afternoon at the church office. A few weeks closer to curtain time, the drama group practiced at the church on Friday evenings to become familiar with the stage and setup. Two dress rehearsals helped solidify the performance.
From an observer’s perspective, it was very evident that a lot of time and effort had gone into the practice and preparation. Cast members knew their lines and delivered them with confidence and emotion.
From a participant’s perspective, the experience was very enjoyable. Elsie Christian, who played a seasoned Elizabeth, writes:
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Drama Club. All of the members that acted in “A Christmas to Believe In” are quite talented, and performed their part very well. It was a pleasure seeing each member grow more confident in their role with each passing rehearsal. I had a lot of fun acting as Elizabeth. During the actual performance of the play on December 17th the audience’s response was terrific and it made me proud of the team work involved in putting the play together. I am definitely looking forward to participating in more plays in the future !!!
The next planned production will be performed around Easter, and it’s not too late to be a part of the fun! Says drama ministry leader Iesha Madden, “We are still looking for others to join our drama club family. We have a lot of fun and a place for everyone. I hope to see many new faces!”
The drama club’s weekly practices will resume at 1 pm on Sunday, January 22nd at the church office. Talk to Iesha if you’d like to join.