The Living Nativity opens Thursday evening at Richland's Cathedral of Joy.
RICHLAND, WA - The Living Nativity opens Thursday evening at Richland's Cathedral of Joy.
It takes more than 100 volunteers to bring the journey of Joseph and Mary to the outdoor stage. The performance includes camels, sheep, oxen and other animals.
Church Pastor Bryan White says the Living Nativity gives families the opportunity to focus on the real reason for the Christmas season.
"In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, the economic, financial stuff, to be able to center the season on the birth of Christ is just a beautiful gift," White says. "This is a wonderful way to kick that off."
Among the 100 volunteers behind the scenes is Tri-Cities Fever defensive back Lionell Singleton, who might make it on stage as one of the players.
"Pastor Bryan has been trying to get me to be a Roman Soldier, but I don't know how to ride a horse, so I'm scared to do that right now," Singleton says.
The pageant has two performances Thursday evening and three performances each night Friday December 20 through Monday, December 23.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under five (the children still need a ticket). Tickets are available at the church office at 1153 Gage Blvd, Kennewick Ranch & Home, Albertson's on Gage or online.