The Young Shepherds’ Tale

Update By: Norm Barr
Date: November 24, 2014

St. John’s Pageant Play

St John’s Episcopal Church of Gloucester, Ma presents a unique pageant play by Louise Mundinger as part of its Christmas Eve Service at 5pm. The Young Shepherds’ Tale is a Christmas Celebration with scenes, music and dancing and promises to be a lot of reverential fun.
Billed as an alternative to the traditional Christmas Pageant, it focuses on the experience of the shepherds and the joyful incarnation of the Son of God. It is first and foremost a festive, playful celebration involving an organist, a choir (young and old), a congregation, shepherds, the holy family and many animals.
Louise Mundinger is a Melrose resident, a teacher at the Milton Academy in Boston. Her music has been performed here, and she has played the organ at St. John’s Church. She has crafted this celebration using several carols including “Angels we have heard on high”, “Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming” and “Joy to the World”. A less familiar carol also figures prominently: “In the bleak midwinter”, a setting of a poem by Christina Rosetti with music by Gustav Holst. The composer is expected to be in attendance for this world premiere performance.
The performance will take place as the first half of the 5 pm service on Christmas Eve (December 24th). Come celebrate and share the good news of the birth of Jesus through music, song, drama and dance. The church is at 48 Middle Street, with parking at 33 Washington St. Please call 978-283-1708 for more information

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