The Virgin Mary eyes her husband Joseph as the Biblical couple heads for a make-believe Bethlehem at Grand Forks Gospel Chapel Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

The Virgin Mary eyes her husband Joseph as the Biblical couple heads for a make-believe Bethlehem at Grand Forks Gospel Chapel Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks kids put on Nativity play in sub-zero temperatures

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Around 30 children put on an outdoor Nativity play at the Gospel Chapel Saturday, Dec. 18.

Roughly as many adults were in the audience in the church parking lot as the children braved a light but very cold flurry of snow.

The show went off without a hitch, despite the rather inclement weather.

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A shepherd girl watches over her pretend flock at the Gospel Chapel’s Nativity play Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A shepherd girl watches over her pretend flock at the Gospel Chapel’s Nativity play Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Gospel Chapel’s Sunday School program normally hosts an indoor performance which Tebrinke said wasn’t feasible amid COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We couldn’t do much inside, so we decided to bring the play outside,” she said.

Peels of laughter rang out as the Three Wise Men came out of the church leading a camel played by two boys in a lumpy burlap suit.

Three wise men come head westward, bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh for a newborn King. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Three wise men come head westward, bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh for a newborn King. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

“It was great. It was so lovely!” said proud mom Kali Rudichuk, whose 10-year-old daughter Story played one of the shepherds.

Speaking to the Gazette after the 2 p.m. matinée, stage director Becky Tebrinke said she was well pleased with the cast. The production had gotten underway in early December, she said, adding that she’d run the kids through the show four times before the big day.


 

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