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The Nativity Pageant, December 22 & 23

by Press Release
December 15, 2008

 
THE NATIVITY PAGEANT is put on every year by The Downing Family, 214 Washington Street, Sherborn.

 

THE DOWNING FAMILY
214 WASHINGTON STREET
SHERBORN, MA01770
 
THE NATIVITY PAGEANT
 
 
 
Thirty one years ago, in an effort to show a deaf foster child the true meaning of Christmas, Joan and Richard Downing of Sherborn acted out the Nativity. This Nativity Pageant has become an annual living drama performed in the pasture field next to their home.
 
The Nativity Pageant has grown from a one family effort to a community event.   The cast includes children, teens and parents from Sherborn and the surrounding towns. Live animals and authentic costumes make for a setting that is so like the first Christmas.
 
The part of the baby Jesus is central to the performance. This part is   usually played by a 6 month or younger child.   The children selected to play the part of the baby Jesus have usually been baptized during the past year at Saint Theresa Church, the local Sherborn Catholic parish.
 
 
All other Pageant “actors” are played by anyone who wishes to participate. All they need do is show up thirty minutes before the performance. We have lots of costumes and volunteers who will help dress the children. The adults usually can dress themselves! There are parts for angels, shepherds, villagers, three kings and an innkeeper. And live animals - sheep, donkeys and some times a few stray cows.
 
There is a full sound and light program. The original script was written by Peter Downing and he is the narrator. His wife Barbara also participates as the voice of Mary. The music is taped and cued into the full program with lighting directed by Ron Downing.
 
 
The Downing family hosts an Open House following each performance.
 
The Nativity Pageant will be presented on the evenings of December 22nd and 23rd. There will be performances each evening at 7:30 and 8:30 PM, in the pasture field next to the Downing home at the intersection of Route 16 and Western Avenue, Sherborn. 
 
Come and join in this a true celebration of the Birth of Christ.
 
PERFORMANCES
 
   DECEMBER      22        MONDAY                        7:30   &    8:30 PM
&
   DECEMBER      23      TUESDAY                         7:30   &    8:30 PM
 
THE PASTURE FIELD
 
INTERSECTION ROUTE 16 & WESTERN AVENUE - SHERBORN
 
ALL ARE INVITED TO AN OPEN HOUSE
AT THE DOWNING HOME FOLLOWING EACH PERFORMANCE
 
                             COME ONE                     COME ALL
 
QUESTIONS - Please call the Downing family at 653-2193 or Frank Angiulo at 655-5264.

 

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