Churches team up to perform Christmas musical

Three area churches are putting on a show.

In coordination with the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren in Edinburg and Greater Joy Baptist Church in Front Royal, the Riverton United Methodist Church hosts the musical, “The Heart of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Chip Crawford, worship director at Riverton, wrote most of the script along with his wife. He said the drama is told through a family that gathers together in their living room on Christmas Eve.

“As the nativity story is read from the Bible, it actually comes to life in drama form,” he said.

Actors from the trio of churches perform the play, and local Christian band Grace 101 provides a mix of contemporary and traditional Christmas music.

Outdoor scenery and live animals, including donkeys, sheep, goats and chickens, will decorate the area outside the church, while the foyer will transform into a marketplace for guests.

“It’s as if they’re pulling into Bethlehem 2,000 years ago,” Crawford said. “So it’s an interactive experience before they ever reach the sanctuary where the drama takes place.”

The reason they’ve combined efforts with other churches is biblical, he said.

“The Bible tells us we are all one body as believers, and we should tear down the denomination walls to gather as a body of Christ,” he said.

The play is open to the public and free to attend.

Riverton United Methodist Church is located at 55 E. Strasburg Road in Front Royal.

For more information, contact the church at 540-635-3878.

A New Christmas Carol

Also in Front Royal, the Selah Theatre Project presents a modern twist on a Dickens classic.

“A New Christmas Carol” runs from Dec. 12 through Dec. 21, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.

The theater is located at 30 E. 8th St. in Front Royal.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.goo.gl/IsR2zU or call 540-686-5185.

A Holiday of Stars
A full roster of performers, including singers, poets, dancers, musicians and storytellers, take the spotlight for the Schultz Theatre’s holiday-themed variety show.

“A Holiday of Stars” runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and will run next weekend at the same times.

The Schultz Theatre is located at 9357 N. Congress St. in New Market.

Admission is by donation. Suggested donations are $10.

There are no reservations for the show.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Theatre Shenandoah brings the story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls to life in this adaptation set at a live radio broadcast in the late 1940s.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” runs from Thursday to Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on other days.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors.

Theatre Shenandoah is located at 107 Center St. in Edinburg.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.goo.gl/GfkqWW or call 540-984-3972.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com