56°F
weather icon Clear

Luminaria brings a biblical tale to life

Joseph and Mary’s quest for a place to rest and the birth of their son, Jesus, will be told through story and music tonight at the city’s annual Luminaria and Las Posadas.

The presentation, featuring local entertainers, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St.

“It follows the biblical story of Mary and Joseph,” said the Rev. Sandy Johnson of United Methodist Church, which is sponsoring the Luminaria for the first time this year.

“By the end of the night there will be a full living nativity.”

Last year, the church presented the program jointly with the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce.

According to Johnson, the church was offered the opportunity to take over the Luminaria because it seemed that the program was more appropriate for a religious organization.

“We had volunteered in previous years with the Santa pictures and parade and they thought of us,” she said. “This is not a Methodist church thing. It’s still a community event.”

Even though it is sponsored by the Methodist church, Johnson said the evening’s message is ecumenical Christian and she hopes the community enjoys the pageantry and beauty of the story.

The tale will be interspersed with musical segments.

The program includes choral groups from most local schools including, Boulder City High School choir directed by James Gillette, King Elementary School choir under the direction of Lanette Coker and Grace Christian Academy choir under the direction of Francyl Gawryn.

“Grace Christian Academy asked to participate and we were thrilled to be able to include them,” Johnson said.

Also performing will be Matt Brown and Kristina Perkins along with Brown’s children, James, Curtis, Kaytlyn and Lyndsea. They will sing “Christmas Shoes” and “Mary, Did You Know?”

Johnson said church members have been working diligently on preparing new costumes for the presentation. In addition to the main players in the story, there will be angels, shepherds and Three Wise Men.

Featured in the cast are Katie Marlow as Mary; Chance Hutchinson as Joseph; Ken Marlow as the inn keeper; Susan Kohlman, Barbara Link, Emily Marlow and Krystana Coleman as angels; Heather Gaylord, Jack Walker, Riley Marlow as Cameron Johnson as shepherds; Tony Mosqueda, Chuck Barbour and Lar Nelson as the wise men; and Dave Olsen and Alan Bowman as the narrators.

Johnson is serving as master of ceremonies and sound is provided by Siberia Pro Audio and Paul Petronsky.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Proceeds will be donated to the Eagles Closet at Boulder City High School, a program operated by school registrar Barbara Agostini to provide clothes and other necessary items for students in need.

Additionally, the church’s youth group will be provide hot chocolate following the program, with donations benefiting the growing group.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Modified Trunk or Treat set for Saturday

The 2020 Trunk of Treat event will be a drive-thru affair in Veterans’ Memorial Park with children and their parents staying in their vehicles.

Boulder’s Best: Spirited Halloween decor

Even though many things have been canceled due to COVID-19, the Halloween holiday is not one of them. Several familiar events will take on an unfamiliar feel this year.

Halloween cookie so easy to make it’s scary

Oh, the crisp night air, the warm apple cider, the pumpkins. Don’t you just love this time of year? For most families Halloween means the first big festivity of the holiday season. While all the kiddies love the creepy, spooky side of this holiday, I’m all about the food. You, too?

Scouts pay tribute to Gold Star families

When it comes to doing good deeds, the Boy Scouts of America have been helping individuals and organizations for many years. The assistance they provide often deals with military and veterans’ issues. A good example of that can be found here in Boulder City.

Amid pandemic, gardens help people’s spirits grow

Fall has started in Boulder City and even though temperatures are higher than normal and the pandemic is still around, the time is right to try something new. Like gardening.

Murals depict St. Jude’s clients’ hopes

Murals depicting hope, resiliency and healing offered at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children were unveiled Oct. 8. They were created during the summer by foster children staying at the Boulder City campus.

Tricks make preparing squash a treat

This time of year, I can’t go grocery shopping without coming home with at least one squash. This week I bought acorn squash and I’m in autumn comfort food heaven. Squash are in season, delicious, versatile, frugal and fabulous.

Telegram solved issue preventing statehood

We call Oct. 31 Nevada Day even though it might not be celebrated on that exact day. But it was on that day in 1864 that Nevada became a state.

Memorial honors shooting victims

Fluttering in the breeze at Veterans’ Memorial Park are poignant tributes to the 60 victims of the nation’s worst mass shooting.

Würst Festival moves online

Boulder City Sunrise Rotary Club is holding a weeklong online auction for this year’s Würst Festival instead of its usual weekend event.