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A special nativity

Article Date: 
20 December, 2013 (All day)

Soldiers, innkeepers, shepherds, angels, wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.  All were present at the Milton church on Dec. 12 to usher in the Christmas season as the Special Needs Institute treated the community to a special nativity pageant.  As usual, the early show was a standing-room only event and the second show was packed almost to capacity.  
Those in attendance were treated to some modifications to the annual program, such as David Olsen (Joseph) singing “I Was Not His Father, He Was Mine,” a popular number from Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols.”  Not only did Olsen sing beautifully, but he did so entirely by memory, as he is visually impaired.
Additionally, this year’s pageant featured a solo by Brandon Little (“Away in a Manger”) and a group of 10 chimers playing “The First Noel.” 
A unique aspect of the program is that all the major roles are played by disabled cast members who are from Morgan County.   While the nature and severity of cast members’ disabilities vary, these children and adults share a common bond of loving everyone with whom they come in contact.  In turn, they become our mentors and help us learn to love a little deeper and act a little kinder.  The program was a great experience that brought immense joy to the Christmas season!
David Olsen-Joseph
Abbey Randall-Mary
Daniel Mudrow & Brandon Little-Innkeepers
Jared Allen, Zach Baker, Chad Lundgren, Colton Miller, Cali Winn & David Johnson-Shepherds
Larry Turner, Gage Winn & Ryan Jarrett-Wise Men
Lexie Randall, Jenni Smith, Rachel Jarrett, Baya White, Stephanie Dickson, Katie Kearsley, Vicky Somerville, Katie Carter, Kristin Wixom, Katelyn Mahew, Faith White, Libby Edwards, Tessa Lewis & Lorrie Dickson -Angels
J.D. York-Soldier
And several adult leaders and other helpers