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The First Christmas Comes To Life In Ocean Springs

Angels tinkered with wings while shepards tied strings.  Young actors suited up for their live production of The Nativity of Our Lord at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Ocean Springs. For some, it's their first time in the production, so are they nervous?

"Not really because I know what to do. I just think happy thoughts.  It's okay because I know   all these people, and it's just fun," says Nicole Gregory who plays the Angel, Gabriel.

"You just have to get those nerves out the first time then you're good. It's just awesome to redo the scene and actually feel like you were there," says Amber Szulborski who plays Mary.

And it was just as fun for the director, who appreciated the hard work put into the production.

"It's been amazing working with the kids.  It's just great to see how their faith brings them here as a group to do something like this," says Mary Houck, play director.

Ryan Lake, who plays Joseph, has been in the play since he was 7.

Although he knows what it takes to get the animals to cooperate, he admits it doesn't always work out as planned.

"You got have food and stuff and talk with them a lot cause one of them got away, and it was running down the driveway," says Ryan Lake who plays Joseph.

With costumes on and ready, the actors were ready to step onto the stage.  But first, they had to okay it with the animals taking the stage with them.  A donkey and two goats accompanied the actors during the live nativity production.  

The lights finally came up, and the story of the first Christmas comes to life, sharing with all who came what Christmas is really about and how it all began.

If you missed Thursday night's production, you can still catch the play for two more night.  There are two performances Saturday at 6 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 and 10 p.m.

By Jeff Shepard

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