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Participants in the 'Hope of Christmas' play at First Baptist Church practice on Wednesday night.

Spirit of Christmas

First Baptist Church 'Christmas Alive' in 26th year of production


BARSTOW • Pastor Eddie Pate will star in the First Baptist Church’s Christmas Alive production of “The Hope of Christmas.”

The holiday program has run for 26 years, since 1987, through the work of church and community volunteers.

“This is one of the best productions we’ve ever done with a very moving drama,” Dora Troutman, church secretary and choir member, said. “The sets this year are amazing.”

The setting of the play takes place in Central Park in New York City where, almost mirroring the efforts of the First Baptist Church, a pastor and his local congregation prepare for a Christmas Eve program. As the choir and group make plans, the pastor reaches out to a handful of key park-goers in an attempt to fellowship and bring the hope of Christmas to their lives.

“It’s a lot of fun, it’s enjoyable and it’s our gift to the city of Barstow,” Troutman said.

The program will consist of a 30-member choir, 24-member orchestra and a variety of elaborate sets largely created by Cathy Fierro of Main Street Murals. Volunteer choir and theater performers began practicing in August and dancers from the Kim Harris Dance Studio will also participate.

“It’s a lot of hard work but it’s enjoyable,” Troutman said.

Throughout its 26-year history, the Christmas Alive program has performed a new play almost every year. Pastor Jerry Green, director of the choir and orchestra, is celebrating 25 years at First Baptist Church and was honored on Sunday for his long history and service.

The show runs Thursday to Friday from 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., with organizers expecting approximately 400 attendees each night.

Tickets are on sale for $5 for adults and $1 for ages 17 and under. Residents can buy tickets at the church office, at 1320 Barstow Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 1:15 to 4 p.m. on Friday or at the door before the performance.

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