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can change as the play evolves. When one of
the actor s was unexpectedly wheelchair-bound
on production day, this was incorporated into
the play. Christine acknowledged the wonderful
suppor t of her husband Peter, sister Lyndall and
her dear friend, Gai Heaney, in making the p
Christine's inspiration for the 2015 play, Chris
Angels, came after she read On Angels' Wings
by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War
Horse. This story tells of a young shepherd
who is taken on Angel Gabriel's wings into t
stable. The message is to trust and have faith
just as the shepherds tr usted the angels. The
play incorporates the Christmas carol, "Silen
Night". The children describe the best parts
the play as when the shepherd flies with the
angel and when the shepherd boy gives the
of his crook to the baby, Jesus, so he can be
shepherd. Sophie, aged nine, who is an ange
in the Christmas play, likes "acting out differe
parts and my friends coming to watch".
At times people who have faced difficulties h
found par ticipating in the play therapeutic. S
have commented that they were led to be i
play at a time when it was needed. Proceed
the play have been used for church needs an
also gifted to a Catholic high school in Papua
Christmas Angels is a shor t play about the good
For over 30 years the St Columba's Adamstown
Bright Sparks Group, previously known as St
Columba's Drama Group, has performed a
Christma s play with comedy, song and dance.
Recent plays perfor med by this amateur theatre
group have referenced Santa at the Nor th
Pole, and recognised the relationship of pir ates,
treasure and crocodiles to the gold, frankincense
and myr rh brought by the three wise men ! This
year, for the fir st time, puppets will be used.
Christine Williams, who has a BA Honour s
in dr ama, writes, produces and directs the
play as well a s looking after lighting and sound,
sewing costumes and making props. "It's not
Christmas unless I put on the play," she said.
Each August, Christine finds out who wants to
be involved, then writes the play to suit the age
group, capabilities and personalities of those
who volunteer. Christine's philosophy is, "When
you accept what they want to give you and go
with that - they give it a go and they're happy."
Actors who opt to be in the play know their par t
will suit them.
Everyone is welcome and this year, 17 actors
are perfor ming, ranging in age from six to over
80. The actor s rehear se for two hour s weekly
through October and November. The roles
BRIGHT SPARKS LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS
things that happen at Christmas to unsuspecting
people in unusual places. It begins with visitors
arriving a week before Christmas at a once
up-market guest house because they have been
given mystery free holiday passes. They are full
of curiosity. Aren't you?
Christmas Angels will be performed at 1.30pm
Sunday, 13 December at St Columba's Church
Hall, Lockyer Street, Adamstown.
P 4943 3824. Tickets can be bought at the
door, $5 (5-14 years) $7.50 for students and
seniors and $10 for adults.
(back) Pat Gibson, Simon Heaney, Joy Couroussis (front) Tamsin Pearce,
Stephanie Sargent, Mya Reece, Sophie Reece.
Year of Mercy
Pope Francis and Bishop Bill Wright invite all
people who desire mercy to join the Catholic
community to open the Year of Mercy.
Liturgy 4pm Sunday 13 December 2015
Victor Peters Suite, 841 Hunter Street Newcastle West
Across the car park from the Cathedral
Followed by a sausage sizzle, Irish music for
singing and dancing and Christmas Carols.
Please note the car park will be closed for safety reasons and the Cathedral will be
closed as the liturgy involves the opening of the Jubilee door.
YEAR OF MERCY
For further info contact Sharon Murphy
P 4979 1134 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
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