The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Giving talents and gifts

Children and youth plan pageant, give gifts

It can be hard to find directors for the Christmas pageant. But Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia, N.H., found two eager volunteers in Mykala Bazzell and Krystal Nelson.

Krystal Nelson (left)  and adviser
Krystal Nelson (left) and adviser Dot Steuer discuss the pageant at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia, N.H. Nelson and Mykala Bazzell wrote, directed and produced the pageant.

Now ninth-graders, the two decided to use their experiences in school and community performances to tackle the 2010 pageant.

"For the past few years we haven't had an organized Christmas pageant," Bazzell said. "I wanted us to do something to get all the children and youth involved."

Nelson added, "We also really wanted to make it personal to fit our church."

And the congregation did enjoy watching so many of the kids participate in the pageant, said Dave Dalzell, pastor of Good Shepherd. He said they also enjoyed participating — they sang Christmas hymns to help tell the story.

The friends wrote a script with eight scenes. It included the usual characters: Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, wise men and angels. But King Herod and Caesar Augustus also made appearances. "I thought the 'bad guys' were important to the story, and keeping it traditional was one of my goals," Bazzell said.

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