Everyone knows the story of the Nativity: Jesus born in the manger in Bethlehem, surrounded by Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and the wise men. But what about those who didn’t go to the manger that night? That is what “Away From the Manger” will examine tonight at the Grace United Methodist Church.
The play is a “comical look at some shepherds, wise men, stars and barn animals who avoided the Nativity,” according to William Walker, the church’s office manager. The play is designed to “to make us all examine why we sometimes stay away from the manger,” according to Contemporary Drama Service, which distributes the play.
Fifty members of the Grace United Methodist Church make up the all-ages cast. It is the first year the church has produced the play, which will be followed by a Christmas sing-a-long and light refreshments.
Admission to the play, which starts at 6 p.m., is free. Donations to fund mission trips are encouraged, as are those of socks, hats and gloves for the homeless community.