Faithwalk stages the story of Christmas

December 10, 2009 — by Parul Singh and Denise Lin

A figure dressed in billowing white robes emerged from stage right. The crowd admired junior Tim Rollinson as he gracefully “floated” into the middle of Lisa Cochrum’s science classroom on roller skates as the angel Gabriel and winded skillfully in and out of the tables. He swooped into center stage and beckoned for a couple of actresses to kneel.

They giggled, and after composing themselves, glanced at their scripts and played along. Although this description may seem strange, it is just one of the scenes from the Christmas play put on by one of Saratoga’s Christian clubs, Faith Walk. It was a relaxed gathering, and the audience enjoyed free pizza and drinks while observing their peers act out Biblical scenes.

The play was acted out in a casual and fun manner with actors often breaking out in laughter every couple of minutes as they read their lines from a script. The play lasted about 25 minutes each day.

The members of the club put on their annual Christmas play this year Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. The 11 regular members of the Faith Walk club took on roles in the story of Christ and acted it out to an audience of around 60 people during each of the two days. Perhaps because free pizza and drinks were provided, many people showed up to watch.

“All the leaders [participate] every year,” said senior Kirin Kumar, a club member.

The purpose of Faith Walk is to learn about Christianity and the Christmas play is one of the main events the club hosts in the year.

Kumar has been in Faith Walk for three years now. One of the reasons he enjoys being in the club is because a lot of his friends are in the club as well.

The cast had the chance to perform the play and “make it our own,” said Kumar. During the play, Kumar took on the role of Joseph, senior Samantha Lotti played Mary, senior Kevin Rollinson played the shepherd and senior Jordan Leonard played the Prophet.

The cast, which included students of all grades, was dressed in bright yellows, browns and purples of that time period. Some students even wore long flowing robes with headresses to set the mood for the play.

“It’s a very easy way to explain the story of Christmas,” said teacher Lisa Cochrum, the adviser of Faith Walk.

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