Volunteers bring interactive spin to nativity | Arts & Culture
Church production transforms building into ancient marketplace
More than 140 cast members and volunteers will participate in an interactive, live-action production called "Journey to Bethlehem" Saturday and Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie.
Production organizers said the church will be transformed into a live set to replicate a marketplace in the ancient city of Bethlehem.
The cast will be outfitted in period costumes as shopkeepers, townsfolk and Roman soldiers. Audience members, surrounded by a set that includes live animals, are guided along a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Bethlehem will experience the sights, sounds and smells reminiscent of the ancient city. The characters will interact with visitors.
Each tour runs approximately 12 minutes. Attendees will experience live seasonal music in the church sanctuary as they wait. "Journey to Bethlehem" event producers said the nativity story experience is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all ages.
Attendance to the holiday event is free and open to the public.
Jay Morrissey Sr. with Bethlehem Lutheran Church said donations collected over the weekend will be shared with the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry.
Journey to Bethlehem event information is as follows:
Tours will run 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the church located at 300 Broadway Dr.
Call 608-837-7446 or visit Bethlehem Lutheran Church online for more information on the event.