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December 12, 2012

"Something Wonderful" planned for the public

Greensburg — A short musical depicting the Nativity Scene, entitled  Something Wonderful,  will be performed for the public at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22.

The musical is free to attend and was written five years ago by play-writing veteran Jackie Blasdel.

Blasdel was a member  at one point serving as president  of the Tree County Players for many years, which gave her the opportunity to produce, direct, act and perform for the repertoire theater. Blasdel has written three short plays.

 I like to write short little plays,  said Blasdel.  I write a little bit of music, but nothing spectacular. 

Blasdel wrote  Something Wonderful  five years ago to be part of Greensburg Wesleyan Church s Christmas service; it includes a cast of 27. The musical comes from a unique perspective: The animals in the Nativity Scene s first Christmas.

The animals do the majority of the talking, Blasdel explained, and want to join Joseph in Bethlehem. The musical begins with Joseph s choice of donkey with which to travel. The donkeys argue over who gets to leave.

There are, of course, more animals, and the musical includes the Wise Men and the Shepherds.

 There s some fun in it, and some seriousness in it,  said Blasdel.

She wrote the musical with children mind, but said it was well-received five years ago by people anywhere between four and 70 years of age.

The first time the play was performed, there wasn t much room for the audience, making a set impossible. This year, now that the church has more room, a stage will be prepared. Blasdel said that the two girls working on the set are doing a wonderful job.

 We ve been happy to put the play on. We re been having fun doing it, and we d like to invite the community,  said Blasdel.

Greensburg Wesleyan Church is located at 714 West Main Street. The musical will be performed 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; and at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, before the Sunday service. The musical is free to attend and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004.

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