Renewing the Word: A Christmas Pageant Workshop with All Saints Company will look at creative ways to renew the timeless Christmas story. It is never too early to start planning for this program before the rush of the Christmas season. We are lay folk, priests, professional actors and dancers, Sunday School teachers and others who never cease to be inspired by the story of Jesus’ birth and its power to bring communities together. We’ll meet to share our stories, read from each other’s scripts and play with making our own impromptu telling of the story. This Workshop will be a collaborative, on-our-feet experience, formed to the needs and strengths of the group.
We will explore these questions during our time together:
How do you design a pageant?
How many rehearsals do you want?
How a pageant serves those involved?
How does it proclaim Good News?
How do we blur the lines between performers and audience?
Renewing the word is the work of the whole community! Bring your questions, scripts, and dreams of what your pageant could be!
Sylvia Miller-Mutia is St. Gregory of Nyssa’s youth and family minister. She is a dancer, teacher and ordained priest. She has worked with children for many years, choreographing, teaching, and directing Christmas Pageants!
Lizzie Calogero is an actress, teacher and coach. She has directed and co-directed Christmas pageants at St. Gregory’s church since 2005, and leads workshops teaching voice and presence in liturgy with All Saints Company.
Donald and Ellen Schell bring 24 years experience writing, adapting, casting, and directing intergenerational Christmas pageants in the context of the Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Their four grown children have over the years played all roles in the pageant; one is now a college professor, one works with at-risk youth, one is a priest, and one recently graduated from theater school to become a professional actor.
The cost is $20 with lunch provided.
Registration can be made online or by phone (415-558-6958)
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