The Grumpy Shepherd

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The nativity story will be performed on Christmas Eve at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church

By Special to the Monitor

The community is invited to share in the nativity story with the younger members of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, located at 3900 Trinity Drive, at 5 p.m. Friday.
“The Grumpy Shepherd” is the title of this year’s seasonal musical, to be staged, sung and choreographed by children and teens aged 5-15.
“The Grumpy Shepherd” is based on the 1995 children’s book of the same name by Paddie Devon, a children’s writer from Northern Ireland.  It was then adapted into a musical by Los Alamos’ very own Joe Cox.  Cox is a composer and arranger of anthems and musicals and director of the Chancel Choir at Trinity on the Hill. The Chancel Choir often premieres Cox’s choral compositions.
This 25-minute musical tells the story of Joram, a grumpy shepherd, his friends Josiah and Obed, and their sheep.  Of course, no Christmas story would be complete without angels, Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. These acting and singing roles will be played by the younger children, many of whom are also members of the Trinity on the Hill Youth Choir. The older choristers have choreographed the cast’s movements, constructed the scenery, helped with costumes and will play instruments or help behind the scenes during the presentation.  Children’s Choir director, John Singleton and co-director Andrea Schmidt direct “The Grumpy Shepherd.”
In addition to the 5 p.m. Nativity Musical and Family Communion service, the community is also invited to the Mass of the Eve of the Nativity at 8 p.m. Friday, including traditional lessons and carols for choir and congregation. Cox will direct the Chancel Choir, accompanied on the organ by Valerie Silks. On Christmas Day, a service of Choral Eucharist will be at 10 a.m.
All are welcome to any or all of these services.  For more information about services at Trinity on the Hill, visit www.latoth.org or call the church office, 662-5107.