Saturday, December 15, 2007
WHEN I'M NOT WRITING BOOKS!
About every other year I am in charge of the Christmas drama at my church. I like doing this but it usually means I end up writing it first. And by the time that's done, there's a scramble to pull off all the rehearsals!
Sometimes, I think if I weren't writing books, I'd love to get involved in community theater. I'd like to see how a real director pulls off a play and maybe even help create the stage sets.
At church we usually make do with props that we have on hand. We've had a donkey, cow, and a sheep around for so long that not using them again would break our hearts (even though the cow is getting weak in the knees and doesn't always want to stand up!).
This year the drama is about a group of junior youth who hijack the traditional Christmas story and pretend that Jesus comes as a clown. Nah - too silly. So they try a king. No - too arrogant and prissy! Well then, how about a kindly old grandpa? Uh oh, he is way too indulgent!
In the long run, the kids decide that maybe a babe is a better way for Jesus to arrive in this world. And suddenly, they are back to the familiar story and willing to play any part the teacher gives them.
The stage is intended to look a little chaotic - like a classroom with props and costumes where a rehearal is getting ready to take place. I know it needs a little tweaking and now that I've seen this pic, the teal colored carpet is starting to worry me. I'm thinking about pulling out the stone look vinyl flooring we keep in our real prop room. Hmmmmm...my hubby probably thought he was finished dragging heavy items up the stairs. I wonder what he will say when I mention that!