“God has a great sense of humor and wants us to laugh,” preaches Pastor Paul Clairville of Burbank’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.
If, by some chance, that were not to be the case, Pastor Paul and more than 100 of his congregants who staged their annual “Nativity: The Musical!” this past week, would be in big trouble.
Peruse the Gospels as diligently as you may, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John never came close to describing the story of Christ’s birth with the imagination and humor of this production that, over the past nine years, has become so legendary it attracts audiences from far beyond the borders of Burbank.
While there is no Biblical basis for a young lad to have played his drum as a gift for the swaddled newborn, most folks are fine with that bit of poetic license.
However, when it comes to Westminster Presbyterian Church, artistic liberties are taken to the extreme as a pint-sized “Little Lounge Comedian” comes baring one-liners and Annie Oakley (huh) presents the babe with an “Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.”