DOBSON — An Easter program has long been a tradition at Salem Baptist Church, but the church will also offer an impressive Christmas production in the coming days.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Salem Baptist will host a Christmas program at its Rockford Road location featuring music and drama, according to Dan Hornak, who is directing the program.
Hornak said the program begins at 7 p.m. each evening and will last about an hour. It will be the first Christmas production in recent years.
The church’s adult choir will take part, and so too will the children’s choir, said Hornak. About 20 children will also be acting. When all is said and done, more than 60 folks are taking part of the production.
Hornak said the entertainment begins with a traditional Christmas song before seven children read poems. Another song will preface the reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Then those on stage will transition to what Hornak called “the heart of the program,” a traditional nativity scene with a few twists.
“Basically the school principal tells a teacher she is in charge of the Christmas program. There is mass chaos. Kids are shouting, and they don’t know where to stand,” explained Hornak.
Hornak said shepherds stop sword fighting and straighten up their act. Joesph figures out where to stand, but there is still one problem. Baby Jesus is missing.
Another scene included in the program shows a family visiting Disney World. Their search for a place to stay parallels Joseph and Mary’s quest to find a place to stay on the night Jesus was born, said Hornak. Between all scenes, the choirs will provide music.
The final scene is a bit of a tear-jerker, said Hornak. A wife and mother is positioned on one side of the stage in her living room speaking with her husband by way of Skype. He is on a battlefield on the other side of the stage.
The final song, which follows the Skype scene, will be “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”
Hornak said all are welcomed for the production, as the program is the church’s gift to the community.
“I think it will be a great way to kick off the holiday season — to get people in the right mood,” said Hornak.
He said much time and effort has culminated in an enjoyable production.
“It’s a real team effort,” said Hornak. “It’s never been harder to get people together for these sorts of things. Everybody is so busy.”
He said folks just throws themselves into the production, and he knows why all the work culminates in something enjoyable.
“I only do about 20 percent of the work, and God does the rest,” explained Hornak. “I really feel like the program is for Him.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.