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Liken’s “The First Christmas”

The third production staged by The Hive Collaborative was a new adaptation of Liken’s “The First Christmas.” The Christmas movie from the Liken the Scriptures series has long been a favorite of families everywhere, and the 50+ person stage version has been presented by community and church groups all over the world for the past decade. In this new, small-cast version of the show, members of an extended family played nearly all the roles in a special Christmas Eve musical retelling of the first Christmas. When it comes time for the heavenly host choir to join in, we enlisted the aid of our audience, who were taught their parts of the songs under the merry tutelage of The Conductor.

With music and lyrics by Aaron Edson, book by Dennis Agle, with additional music by Don Blackburn and Ken Agle, the world premiere of this special small-cast, Heavenly Host Choir sing-along edition of Liken’s “The First Christmas” was directed by Patrick Newman and music directed by Esther Slaeker. Costumes by Anna-Marie McDaniel and Nataie Burton. Cast included Patrick Newman, Ed Eyestone, Pat Carr, Dave Burton, Nicole McClellan, Josh Durfey, Esther Slaeker, Jordyn Aspyn, Kaden Patterson, and Chris Peck. Technical direction by Chris Peck. “The First Christmas” opened Nov. 30, 2018 and ran through Dec. 22, 2018.

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