BRISTOL - The Liberty Baptist Church drama team will be performing “An Unlikely Christmas Shepherd” to celebrate the season with Christmas cheer on Saturday 17 at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at 265 Maple Ave.
Dan White will be directing almost 20 church members of all ages, including a live band, to bring this story to life.
The audience is “going to get a genuine feel good Christmas story that will pierce the heart. A story where they realize that there is hope and forgiveness even at Christmas time,” White said.
The play tells the tale of a man who has been suffering after losing his wife years ago and the anger and bitterness he feels is eating him up. Due to his pain and desperation, he plans a toy store robbery. After an unlikely series of events, he is mistaken as a substitute actor for a church nativity play. The man begins to change as he receives warmth and care from the community and pastor while preparing for the play, and he begins to heal.
“This play had a good story with the bank robbers. It has kind of a feel of ‘Home Alone’ when they went to New York City with the bank robbers,” White said.
This will be the 12th year White and members of the church will present a holiday play. In the past, some showings have been standing room only. This year White expects approximately 300 people at each show.
The play will run for about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Admission is free, with the option to make a donation to the church at the end of the play. The money is used to cover the building of the set and the advertising for the play.
“We don’t want people to think it’s a cheap Christmas play,” White said. “We do it really well, to the best of our ability with the amount of money and time that our people have. We strive for perfection.”
For more information, visit libertybaptist-ct.org or call 860-589-000 ext. 1.