By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010
Arrow Heights Baptist Church Worship Pastor Mike Neff directs “For Unto Y’all,” an Old West-style version of the Christmas story.
Here’s a great deal – dinner, theater, fun music, and the telling of the ageless story of Jesus’ birth in an unusual kind of setting. Doing something a little different this Christmas season, Arrow Heights Baptist Church will be presenting “For Unto Y’all,” a modernized cowboy version of the Christmas story. The little town of Bethlehem will be located in Wyoming Territory. Old Doctor Lucas Trotter – known to his friends as just plain Doc – introduces the Angel Gabriel, a six-gun toting masked man dressed in white. Gabriel has come to Wyoming Territory to deliver God’s message of good news to Mary and Joseph.
There’s even more good news for you; each dinner theater ticket to “For Unto Y’all” is only $15. Tickets are now on sale at the church office, or you may go online to www.arrowheights.org to make your purchase. The price includes a great meal catered by Texas Roadhouse and, of course, lots of entertainment, fun, and laughter for you and your family. Your meal will include steak and chicken, all the fixin’s, including a roll, potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert, and a drink. The cast of 70 featured in “For Unto Y’all” will be serving the dinner. Childcare will be provided for children up to fourth grade, and the dinner production takes place in the Student Center at Arrow Heights Baptist Church.
After Gabriel’s appearance to Mary and Joseph, the stable becomes a livery stable, shepherds become a rowdy bunch of lonesome cowboys working their herd on the Wyoming plains, and the angels evolve into a heavenly posse in “For Unto Y’all.” This entertaining production will be chock full of good laugh-generating humor, but it’s much more. “For Unto Y’all” shouts the message of Christmas loudly and clearly as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
“For Unto Y’all” features timeless music arranged in a fresh country style by the innovative Robert Sterling. Mr. Sterling resides in Texas and is a writer and arranger for Word Music. Mike Neff, worship pastor at Arrow Heights Baptist Church, directs the production, and Mike and Michelle Ross are the drama directors.
For all you wanna-be cowboys, everyone attending the production is encouraged to don western duds, practice western drawls, and enjoy galloping into a dinner theater production that is fresh and different. “For Unto Y’all” blends a taste of the Old West into the telling of the ageless story of Jesus’ birth and why we celebrate Christmas.
Stage sets include a barn, windmill, covered wagon, corral, and other appropriately western props. The song “Holiday Hoe Down” features a host of square dancers, and “Wild, Wild West” features talented line dancers. Each production will conclude with a wrap up from pastor of Arrow Heights Baptist Church, Reverend Bob Green.
Dinner and show dates are Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price is just $15.
Get your tickets now, dust off your western duds, and get ready for a truly different and entertaining telling of the story of Jesus’ birth.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.