Living Nativity Pageant Breaks Attendance Record
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 • Posted December 14, 2010
Former Blanco County resident Ruth Blair was in Johnson City Saturday night to be honored on the 50th anniversary of the Living Nativity Pageant she directed for many years when she was secretary at First United Methodist Church. The reins have since been picked up by Dale Hardy, in costume as one of the three kings when he had to do an emergency fill-in for a show. The cast agreed the costume better expressed his approach to the directorial job anyway. He introduced Ruth to Dolly, the llama. A llama in a nativity pageant? Well, they sort of look like camels. No worse than the chicken one of the shepherds carried.
Mother Mary holds the Baby Jesus under the watchful eyes of Father Joseph and the Heavenly Host of angels as the infant himself focuses on the earthly treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh — the world’s first Christmas gifts — brought by the three kings. Last Saturday night, they and many more performers and supporting crew completed the 50th anniversary season of Blanco County’s Living Nativity Pageant at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City. The milestone was watched by a record-breaking audience of 1,844 people over the four nights of performances. The jubilant church members promise bigger and better next year...a big start to the pageant’s next half-century.
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