NANTICOKE — For the fifth consecutive year, the St. Faustina Parish will present the play “Miracle of Bethlehem.” This year, however, there’s a twist — the performance will be held indoors
Instead of having the cast, crew and live animals outside at the grove in Sheatown, the performance will be held in the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina at 38 W. Church St. The play runs Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. each night.
The stars of the play are James Botsko as Jesus, Annie Walters as Mary and Kevin Halchak as Joseph. The directors open the play up to community members who want to get involved and practice starts in early November.
“It’s open to anybody,” Jack Minsavage, the play’s sound engineer, said. “They don’t have to be from our parish.”
According to Minsavage, there are 58 people on stage from shepherds to angels, wise men to village people “and that doesn’t count the numerous people behind the stage.”
Productions Inc. of Nanticoke does lighting for the show.
“They’re great, they’re fantastic,” Minsavage said of the four men who do the lighting.
The play also uses live animals from Endless Dreams Animals, of Benton. Cracker Jack the mini donkey, Mojo the Alpaca, Sully the Goat and Snow the Sheep are the stars of the show. Chickens, in a cage, will also be used.
Cookies from Sanitary Bakery, coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs will be available for purchase. The performance is free but donations will be accepted.
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