On Dec. 16, 2012, Fincastle Presbyterian Church was the site of a community ecumenical pageant written and directed by a local teen, Piper Gaul. A packed house attended the play. The Christmas story is told by a roving reporter in Bethlehem covering the events of the night Christ was born. The play was interspersed with audience participation Christmas Carols to describe the unfolding scene.
The play performed by children and youth from four Fincastle area churches. Gaul is a junior at Lord Botetourt and an accomplished filmaker as well. The four churches included, Fincastle Presbyterian Church, Fincastle United Methodist Church, The Church of the Transfiguration and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
The participants in the play were:
Mary: Julia Ewen, Joseph: Duncan Mclean, Angel Gabriella: Abigail Swanson, Herold the Angel: Cassidy Holley, Inn Keeper: Bill Gaul, Wiseman 1 Owen Krisnitski, Wiseman2 : Garndener Branscom, Wiseman 3: Will Gaul, Reporter: Emily Swanson, God’s Angel: Cassidy Holley, Palace Guard: Piper Gaul, King Herod: Christian Dotson, King Herod’s helper: Owen Kritsniski, Shepherd 1: Annie Quesinberry, Shepherd 2: Griffith Wood, Sheep: James Bowlin, Angels: Liliana Boling, Isabelle Collins, Megan Bowling, K.J. DeHaven, Sheep: James Bowling, Donkey: Bryce Branscom, Camels: Samuel Crown, Wyatt Collins, Child in PJ’s: Bryce Branscom, Costumer, Katrina Yancey, Leah Collins, Music: Sue Loechen, Sean and Ian DeHaven. Sick unable to attend, Trent Smith, Gabriella Tickner, Carter Vasser, Addision Crown.
Clergy, Fr. Stephen Stanley, Dr. Ian Mclean, Rev. Sandra McMillen, Fr. Stephen McNally.