Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas play for last Book Club of the year


For the past 4 weeks we have been practicing our Christmas play, and this time with two groups of children (yes, I am mad!). We are having more distributions this year, so we decided that it was better to have two groups as it would be too much for one group. It also means that if someone is sick we have a back-up! The children in the play are either one of our sponsorship children or children of our friends, and we have fun! My friend Dijana was once again helping with the text and narrating (she helped last year as well). Tanja helped a LOT with the costumes other logistics. Also, many of the costumes were made by my Finnish colleagues for the Nativity play two years ago and we just adapted them all... I love the legacy - they have been gone 18 months, but we still have many things we use that they left behind, this is just one of them!

On Thursday we had our preview performance (with one group) at the Children's Home as part of our last Book Club of the year. We had all of our Book Club members as well as some extra kids :) 
The story this year is set in Kingdom far away where there is a king and a princess and a court jester. The court jester, however, is no longer funny, so they send him to another kingdom to learn new jokes... 
While he is away the people in the kingdom complain about how boring it is, and how they can hardly wait until he gets back... (as this is the children's home, I can't show their faces online - so that is why the audience is a little blocked out...but at least you get the idea)
When the jester returns, he has new jokes, but they are about a strange thing called "Christmas". In this Kingdom they had never heard about Christmas... So, "he" (it is actually a she as the part is played by Ana) explains to them all about celebrating Christmas. Here he is showing them a Christmas card and telling them all about how baby in the picture is actually a King who is the best present we can ever receive...
It was really fun doing the drama with this group - and they did a really good job! Here we all are, including Dijana. (and I am not sure why I am not smiling, I was happy it went well!).
The kids at the Home really enjoyed it, and I love the fact that I can mix two parts of my ministry here in this way!! 

2 comments:

Victor said...

Interesting story line. Who wrote it?

Belinda Chaplin said...

I found it online (in English) and we translated and adapted it. It was for puppets as at one stage I wasn't going to use kids =in case of illness= and do puppets instead, but then the kids were all asking if we would do it again, and well I am psycho so we decided to do two groups of kids in case someone got sick! but it has been fun... two more plays to go! one with each of the groups...and it was a great way to get the TRUE meaning of Christmas into the play, having the jester character explain it to the King!

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