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Christmas play a timely production
Children learn, perform all in one night
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Autumn Musgrave helps Jay Stevens, playing Joseph, with his costume during rehearsal Wednesday for a Christmas play at Grace Baptist Church. - photo by Autumn Vetter
Kids had their lines whispered to them, wiggled in their costumes and cried on stage as they performed the traditional Christmas play.Parents smiled, snapped photos and applauded at the adorable nativity play that tells the story of the holy night of Jesus’ birth.True to the “one night that changed the world,” as Pastor Tim Holland said, the children at Grace Baptist Church put together and performed the show in just one night.Holland’s wife, Alice, came up with the idea as a way to serve the community by offering a chance to participate in a Christmas play “without making the holidays crazier.”“It will be just as sweet with an afternoon and evening of practicing as it would be if we’d met over and over again,” she said. “And they’ll have a memory they can take into adulthood with them. “One evening to practice, sing, love Jesus and everybody has a good time and goes home.”Mother Shanan Stevens said she was “blown away” with the play, which started three hours after she dropped off her children to prepare.The photos and smiles she got from seeing her children perform the story of Christmas were every bit as memorable.“They’re all so cute,” Stevens said.