Students at Immanuel Lutheran School in Perryville have been hard at work on their latest stage production, and drama instructor Stephanie Roegner said that this time, play goers will get two performances for the price of one.
“We are actually performing two different plays this time,” Roegner said. “We are doing ‘Josie and the Jinglicious Dream Lamp,’ and we have a shorter three-man show called ‘Pass It On Christmas.’”
The performance is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium at Immanuel Lutheran School. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students, and children under five are admitted for free.
Besides Roegner, the students receive instruction from Immanuel’s art teacher and longtime drama director Sandy Roth.
In “Josie and the Jinglicious Dream Lamp,” Josie, a shepherd girl, has witnessed the Messiah’s birth but it will take another miracle to convince her skeptical friend Micah. Equipped with the mysterious Jinglicious Dream Lamp, the two friends adventure through time, meeting people who need to hear the good news about Jesus.
“Pass It On Christmas” is a comedy adventure of a shepherd boy and his lamb as they cross the countryside telling anyone they can about the birth of the Messiah.
The evening looks to be one filled with more than just theater, Roegner said.
“During intermission the bell choir and the sixth grade class will be performing their black light hand mime,” she said.
When it comes to selecting material for the performances, Roegner said they looked for shows to remind viewers that Christ is the reason for the season.
“These two shows are special because everything is simple, including the sets and the staging,” she said. “The reason for that is because we have really tried to make the message of sharing Christ’s birth with other people the central focus, rather than having a huge production. We want people to understand that telling others about Jesus, who was sent to Earth is much more important than anything else at this time of year and all-throughout the rest of the year too.”
Roegner said the cast includes students from fourth through eighth grade, with roughly thirty children participating.
“We began working on the plays in September and we will be having another performance March 22 and 23, but we haven’t picked a play yet,” she said.