Dec 11 2012 by Sam Yarwood, Formby Times
THE birth of Jesus is set to be brought to life this weekend as Churches Together stage their annual Christmas nativity.
The performance will take place outside on Saturday, December 15, on Chapel Lane near to Boots chemist.
The script, which has been written especially for Formby by Bruni Jones, portrays the Bible story in a different light, with an older Mary and Joseph acting as narrators to take the audience back in time.
A soundtrack has also been recorded for the play which is expected to last for about an hour.
With more than 150 members in the cast, this year will be the sixth nativity to be staged at the outdoor location by Churches Together.
Alongside actors from within the church and community will be pupils from the village’s primary schools Freshfield, Our Lady’s, Woodlands and St Jerome’s who will be playing the parts of Roman Soldiers, Angels and Shepherds.
The role of baby Jesus will be played by 11-week-old Orla Nichols.
The shepherds will be guarding a real flock of sheep and goats courtesy of Rice Lane City Farm.
The animals will be in pens on the pavement before and after the play so that children can come and see them.
After the performance, children will be able to meet the actors and have photos taken with them and the animals, including Baby Doll the donkey.
There is no charge for the play which is a gift to the people of Formby from Churches Together.