‘The Christmas Mission’ comes to Beaver Creek
VAIL CO, Colorado
Get ready for a beautiful Christmas musical, with a twist on the traditional nativity story performed by the students from The Vail Academy. “The Christmas Mission” will be performed at The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Friday at 6 p.m. and is sure to be a heartfelt Christmas story.
The St. Clare of Assisi Choir and the Vail Christian High School Choir will join the students from the Vail Academy and the Alpine Wind Ensemble to sing Christmas carols before the musical begins Friday.
“The Christmas Mission” opens as 120 students, in kindergarten through eighth grade, converge on stage and walkways to sing a song about Christmas. Eighth grader Ross Woodland narrates the play and sets the story, which “takes place over 2,000 years ago in Heaven,” he said.
The lead angel Gabriel, played by seventh grader Emma Cerovich, tells the story through song.
“I love to sing and I get to sing a lot and shine Jesus’ light,” Cerovich said.
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The musical is directed by Christi Howell.
“The Christmas Mission is a real musical, the music tells the story, not just the dialogue,” Howell said.
The lead angel encounters many different personality types of shepherds, from lazy daydreamers, to those who are greedy, to the wise ones.
“Everyone will relate to a shepherd,” Howell said.
The eager angels begin to lose hope and belt out a rock-n-roll-style song, that speaks of wanting to give up and go home. But Gabriel encourages them on, the wise shepherds hear their call and step in to rally the rest. And when they all join together in Bethlehem to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ, it will likely melt your heart.
Mary is played by a new sixth grade student to The Vail Academy, Jessie Raitt.
“I love that our school Christmas play is performed in a Christian way,” she said. “Students here really care about each other.”
Organizing 120 students is no easy task, but Howell is up for the task.
“Since our school has grown so much, this musical has allowed me to create parts giving each student an opportunity to perform and show their talents,” she said.
The message of “The Christmas Mission” will bring peace, love and joy into your holiday season.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for the silent auction. The show will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Vilar Performing Arts Center by calling 888-920-ARTS(2787) or at http://www.vilarpac.org. For more information about The Vail Academy, call 970-766-4116 or visit http://www.thevailacademy.org.