StageOne's Christmas Show 2016

Christmas Show 2015 by StageOne Christian Drama Cooperative

This December StageOne will be presenting Christmas themed variety show at Folkestone Methodist Church, Holy Trinity and at the Salvation Army. We have a wide variety of Christmas themed sketches where we will look at different aspects of the Christmas story including The Shepherds go to Bethlehem, Mary and her father, and the innkeepers. We will have a brilliant monologue by John, carols and musical accompaniment as well some comedy and not forgetting a visit from the Health and Safety inspectors! We have a plan to perform at Folkestone Methodist Church, Holy Trinity and at the Salvation Army.

We will be raising much needed funds for the Folkestone Winter Shelter. Find out more about The Winter Shelter >>

Venues and Dates:

  • Sunday December 11th
  • Salvation Army Citadel Church
  • 5.00pm
  • Saturday December 17th
  • Folkestone Methodist Church
  • 6.00pm
  • January 2017
  • St George's, West Folkestone
  • To be confirmed

Entry: By kind and generous donation for the Winter Shelter.

Come and see us every Tuesday evening to find out more or call Roger Smith on 01303 259896 or Adam Grannell 01233 647979

Pictures from our Christmas Show

StageOne Christmas Show 2016

Christmas Show Review - By "Jack Stinker"

Stage One Christmas Review 2016

Roger Smith’s début production for StageOne admirably blended the experience of old hands with the nascent talent and enthusiasm of youngsters from the Salvation Army, in a proudly ecumenical show. The commitment of the cast was infectious, and, with a running time of about 45 minutes for the first half and just over half an hour for the second, the length ideal for this type of community entertainment.

The performance consisted of fourteen very varied sketches built loosely around the familiar nativity story, generally with a modern angle, and with much humour, though with an unashamedly firm Christian message. And there were many deeply touching moments, too.

Thus we had an essentially modern teenage Mary struggling to come to terms with the amazing things happening to her, a shepherd double-act, pitting experience against incompetent apprenticeship, an innkeeper’s harassed wife, changing her resentful attitude when she learns that her unwelcome extra guest is pregnant, the birth of Jesus told as it might be through a teenage gossip magazine, and so on. Many people in the sketches, and perhaps we in the audience, too, are brought to see the Christmas story in a new light. And the more Biblically based scenes were interspersed with others such as the disillusioned Christmas grump given a Scrooge-like lesson by a rent-a-fairy from Yuletide Cynic busters, carol singers questioning the text of their carols, an arch rogue coming to confession and finding that the ‘priest’ is a bigger rogue than he. Etc.

The show starts very touchingly, with little Lily May stealing back secretly in her nativity play costume to cuddle the ‘baby Jesus’ and ends likewise, with a down-and-out being literally led to Christmas warmth and happiness by someone physically, but clearly not spiritually, blind. I am not going to single out individuals for praise; they all gave their utmost, often in highly contrasting rôles, and it was a wonderful team effort. Taking part were: Norman Bolton, Lily May Bolton, Louise Gorter, Megan and Evie Gorter, Adam Grannell, Michael Hale, Dave Hellens, Joanne Hill, Paul Robbins, Hayley Vickery, Cody and Maddison Vickery, Paul Wimsett. Richard Baulch provided the excellent music. At Trinity, Sid Hill was in charge of the lighting. The show was premièred at Holy Trinity on December 3rd and further performances took place at the new Salvation Army Centre and Sandgate Road Methodist church.