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A Living Nativity at Cathedral of Joy in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Thousands are expected to visit the Cathedral of Joy in Richland over the next few nights for the church's annual living nativity production.

If you're searching for a break from the commercial side of Christmas, here's an option for you.   At a dress rehearsal Thursday night, a living re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ unfolded.  Hundreds watched in reverence at the elaborate production with living animals, high-flying acrobatic angels, soldiers on horseback and over 200 cast members all sharing the same message.

"We end up outside at the manger and that's what we point to.  Everything centered around Christ," said Doug Bowman who plays a shepherd in the play.

The Cathedral has produced the living nativity for more than 25 years.  Cast and crew members have been working on it since early October.

The Cathedral is located on Gage Boulevard in Richland, just a few blocks West of Keene Road.  They'll be performing every night through Tuesday.

For all the scheduled performances, and more information, we've created a link to the cathedral's website.  Just go to the "On-air Links" tab on the top of the page.