Nov 13, 2013 5:20 PM by PRESS RELEASE
First Baptist Lafayette presents its annual "Singing Christmas Tree" performance with a cast of more than 200, including 85 choir members, in "Keep Calm...Christmas is Coming." The annual Christmas show travels back to 1940 England when the Germans bombed London and the English Crown encouraged Britains to "Keep Calm and Carry On."
"Keep Calm...Christmas is Coming" will be performed Dec. 13-16 at First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Ave. in downtown Lafayette. Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
For the first time since the church began the "Singing Christmas Tree" in 1985, the entire show will be original, with play by First Baptist Minister of Worship Arts Tim Walker, and original songs by noted Nashville songwriter David Clydesdale. Walker will also star in the show.
"What's unique this year is that all of the music is originally scored," Walker said. "It's a true Broadway-style musical."
Also new this year is a video screen to project images from the time. "That's going to be a new element that we've never done before," Walker said.
The story follows Lady Abigail, who takes in 14 children displaced after a German bomb destroys their London orphanage. She also gives shelter to a father with two children after a fire, and receives news that her brother has been shot down over Belgium. Through it all, Abigail discovers love, while faith and the Christmas story carry her through the difficult time.
As in years past, the spectacular includes performances by the Academy of Christian Arts and other members of the artistic community, making "Keep Calm...Christmas is Coming" the complete holiday event for Lafayette.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets are available through the First Baptist office, online at www.fbclaf.org, or by calling (800) 965-9324.