An audience gathered at Blanco First Baptist on Sunday night, December 12, for a children’s Christmas musical directed by Vickie Pautz, titled “How Far is it to Bethlehem?” This was the first year Pautz has tried a full length Christmas musical, using the fall semester to get the kids singing as a group and working on musical and vocal skills.
“I could not be happier with the outcome of the musical,” Pautz said. “It was a lot of work to get done in 10 weeks. The kids really pulled together and sang really beautifully.”
Kelby and Dawson Cox, Breanna Wallace, and Riley Watt were the leads in the performance. They “had a lot of lines to learn and worked hard on it,” said Pautz.
Pautz fell in love with the musical because it incorporated traditional carols and a good storyline; however, “the ending songs are what really sold me; ‘We’re Not That Far from Bethlehem’ and ‘I Bring an Offering of Worship to My King’ are both very moving.”
Pautz wasn’t alone in bringing the musical to the community. The children’s ministry directors, Dawn Burnett and Karen Cox, with the choir workers, Amanda Smith and Laura Flint, worked with the kids. Margie Latham and Joyce Smith directed the younger group, called Music Makers, who are ages four through first grade. Diana Blackburn created the costumes, Cheryl Tamez the set, and John Jones constructed the center platform upon which the final scene takes place. Robert and Bobby Flint worked on sound and Rachelle Willgren was the percussionist, providing a beat for the singers.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Pautz, “and I hope the kids and the audience came away with a sense of wonder at God’s gift of His Son to us.”