|Roman guards patrol the entrance|
The actors are volunteers from the first Baptist church. Some of the actors are quite good; the first year we went, the Roman guards were so fierce I was glad they were not real!
|This is not one of the fierce guards. :-)|
Anyway, the actors (more than 100!) do an excellent job re-creating the Christmas story. I will summarize the story by quoting the Church website because I could not say it any better.
"The heart of the program is the retelling of the Christmas story. Roman guards enter the city and blow their horns to announce that a census is going to be taken; Joseph and Mary arrive on a donkey looking for a place to stay; the birth of Jesus is celebrated in the stable, accented by music and lighting; the shepherds are visited by a flying angel, then run through the city proclaiming the good news; and wise men from the East and their escorts enter the town on camel back, looking for the newborn king."
|Mary and Joseph|
|The Inns were full . .|
|now you get to try . .|
|An explanation of the types of food typical of the times.|
|How dyes were created.|
|It's outside, so dress warmly|
They also have a few animals to make the play more authentic. For instance, Mary rides in on a donkey and a few sheep are in a quiet area off to the side. My favorite is the camel. And animal lovers don't worry, they seem to be well taken care of.
|The camel stays out front, with a light barrier between it and the public.|
|I love that face!|
Location: Santa Clara First Baptist Church
3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara
Phone: (408) 241-7635
For more information, please refer to their detailed website.