Bethlehem Marketplace In Buena Vista, Colorado
Photos of a Walk-Thru Drama At Valley Fellowship Church - December 2010
This year I acted in the walk-thru drama called the
Bethlehem Marketplace, a bi-annual event held by
Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vista.
This is not merely a play; is a walk-thru drama where participants
engage in a sometimes hectic and enlivening scene of a first century Bethlehem marketplace.
All visitors must register for the Roman Empire's census, as was the custom and
noted in new testament scripture. Then visitors interact with Hebrew
merchants who are trying to sell them things - baskets, brass, leather,
food, you name it.
To make the experience more realistic, visitors must check in with tax collectors
who often take more than their fair share, all the while roman guards
make an intimidating presence and sometimes shout at the crowd because they're mean.
At the end is a beautiful Baby Jesus scene - the focus is obviously
the wonderful story of God radically showing up on earth as a human.
Once the drama began, we had could not have any technological devices
that didn't exist in the first century. Thus, I couldn't take pictures during the event. Below are some photos
before the performance began. I didn't capture everyone and I apologize to those not included!
If you are in Buena Vista,
or elsewhere in Colorado, this is a worthwhile
Christmas event to check out.
All the best,