“As a Witness” pageant at Edgartown’s Whaling Church


A collaboration among Island churches brings “As a Witness: A Christmas Pageant for the 21st Century” to the Old Whaling Church on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 19 and 20.

Instead of the traditional Nativity story, this play describes what happens when members of the audience who know the story get pulled into the drama and begin to influence the events. According to writer and director E. St. John Villard, most know the story of the Nativity, but the shepherds and Magi who were there did not know what was going on.

Narrated by Barbara and Bo Fehl, the cast features a wide variety of ages from preteens to retirees of at least three different churches. Luke McCracken will perform as a Magi’s page, Richard Rego as King Herod, Alison Taylor and Anna-Liza Villard Howe as angels, Kathryn Antonsson as Virgin Mary, and Pam Rego as a mother whose child is killed by King Herod. Guitarist Michael Haydn and organists Ed Rose and Phil Dietterich are joined by trumpets and recorders.

Performances are at 6 pm. Monday’s show follows the weekly community supper offered by the United Methodist Church of M.V., in the Baylies Room at 5 pm. For more information, call Ms. Villard at 508-627-8619.