Nativity goes panto at St. Michael’s

Minister's wife Sarah Gillan as Archangel Gabriel in St Michael's nativity panto.

Minister's wife Sarah Gillan as Archangel Gabriel in St Michael's nativity panto.

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St Michael’s Parish Church will be invaded by camels and sheep next month when the congregregation’s first ever pantomime is performed.

Organisers believe they may be creating a world first when they stage a re-telling of the nativity story in pantomime format.

The scriptwriter is church elder and sheriff Alan Miller, who is also cast as King Herod, the obligatory panto baddy.

The important role of Dame is taken by Peter France, a veteran of Linlithgow Players Christmas pantos. Peter stars as Golda, innkeeper of the famous One Mary pub at Linlithgohem, where the baby Jesus is born. His sidekick will be Myra Lawson.

Joseph will be played by Jamie McIntosh, one of the church’s Boys’ Brigade officers, and Mary is played by Olivia Allatt.

Sarah Gillan, wife of the minister is the Archangel Gabriel, and Stewart Gillan himself leads the ministry team as Wise Guys. They are kept on track by a sat-nav voice, Bob Ross, St Michael’s communications officer.

The panto is a major fundraiser for the church’s ‘empowered’ campaign, raising money for the electrical re-wiring and modern lighting of the church.

Rehearsals are well underway with the cast enjoying their colourful costumes made by a talented team of seamstresses and knitters.

Performances take place on the evening of Saturday, December 7, and on Sunday, December 8, (2pm and 6.30pm). Tickets are available from the Cross House. A coffee morning last Saturday raised over £500 towards the production.