Last weekend Wisconsin Academy and local Adventist churches put on Journey to Bethlehem. Despite such low temperatures, J2B was a success, boasting 417 non participants who went through the six scenes telling the story around and of the birth of Jesus. Many students volunteered to participate. “It was long and was hard work, but it was fun”, said sophomore Jadis Courtney.
Temperatures dropped to the mid to low teens. According to one market place vendor, freshmen Elisa Vitelle, “It was super cold and my hands froze.” Luckily there were fires raging and space heaters prepared for the actors. Written by a WA staff member, Greg Edge, the script was well structured and included major and minor parts. Each scene was elaborately made. “I liked the way Herod’s palace was set up and how they had him be sick”, said sophomore Fransisco Campos.
The Christmas pageant made its debut in 1998. Unfortunately, several years later, they stopped having the annual pageant. Two years ago the current WA staff decided to start it up again and this year’s was the third since then.
Many people were a part of this event, acting and behind the scenes. There are about 200 people on the thank you list, including other Adventist schools, such as Union College, and non- Adventist organizations, such as Rhode’s Bake-n-Serve.
~Kari Nelson ’15