Bethlehem Revisited is again preparing for its annual production based on the birth of Christ and is in need of manpower.
Bethlehem has partnered with people of all faiths from Waxahachie and surrounding communities for more than 13 years and has created an illustrative ministry with attendance in excess of 25,000 over the course of two weekends.
“Our crowning achievement though is the wonderment that is evident on patrons’ faces as they experience the real meaning of Christmas,” a spokesman said, asking for volunteers. “Won’t you please help us to make this a reality again this year and for years to come?
“With your help, we can once again bring this wonderful pageant to life for all to enjoy. Please look over the following opportunities and consider serving. Your support is sorely needed at this time,” the spokesman said.
Cast openings requiring unique characteristics and performance preparation (* means microphone):
Joseph* and Mary – young adults, need to be comfortable around animals and serious about portrayal
Rabbi* – adult man, well-versed in Old Testament of Bible
Tax collector* – adult man, scripted part, must learn lines
Centurions* – adult men (no one younger than 21), large in stature with a commanding presence
Carpenter – adult man, may have family with him, need time period tools/props
Palace guards – adult men (no one younger than 18), commanding presence
Band of musicians – to play Mid-Eastern music
Dancing troupe – choreographed number for King Herod’s palace
Cast openings requiring personal interaction with patrons:
King’s entourage – glamorous looking, must be able to walk good distance
Market sellers – strong personalities, will interact with public constantly
Grape stompers – girls and women only, will interact some, able to stand for 30-minute intervals
Families to fill empty huts with trade/skill – basket weaver, potter, lamp maker, miller, farmer
Support staff openings:
Set dressers – for king’s stage before and after each show night
Performer’s break room attendant – each show night
Strike crew – for set at end of season
Hay – 25-30 square bales
Rugs – solid color area size
Commitment dates for participation:
Sept. 12 – Auditions/interviews for changing and new roles at chamber, 10 a.m.
Oct. 11 – Auditions/interviews for changing and new roles at chamber, 3 p.m.
Nov. 5 – Mandatory orientation for everyone involved at Central Presbyterian Church – 7 p.m. – meet with director, captains and new cast members
Month of November – Captain-led rehearsals for each area usually done starting at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the site
Dec. 1 – Mandatory all cast rehearsal and technical run through at site, 6 p.m.
Dec. 3 – Mandatory all cast dress rehearsal in costume at well, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4-6 – Opening weekend, cast call at well, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 11-13 – Closing weekend, cast call at well, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Participants’ party for everyone involved at Central Presbyterian Church, 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact cast administrator Virginia Sevier at 972-33-1653 or email@example.com.