For The Fayette Tribune
“No bathrobes and tinsel this year,” says Carrie Borsman, director of “Operation Silent Night,” when anticipating the Christmas production which opens Sunday at Fayetteville Christ Fellowship.
Trenches, bunkers and barbed wire will surround the audience during a re-enactment of the true World War I story of the Christmas Truce. “The audience will feel like they are wrapped in warfare,” Borsman added.
Thirty cast members from the community, including area Boy Scouts and ROTC members, are presenting the WWI re-enactment of the true, though almost unbelievable Christmas Truce story of 1914 during which enemies became friends through an incredible series of events.
“The story gives a strong message of unity to families, our community, our churches and our nation,” says Pastor Robert Morey, who plays the trench soldier who bravely sings “Silent Night” in the line of fire. It took a strong sense of unity to mount the production, he recognized, pointing to cast members, donors, and backstage volunteers from several local churches and towns.
“We will have trenches and do choreographed battle with special lighting and sound effects. It will be a fun and powerful experience,” says Kendra Ramsey, assistant director. “The audience will be surrounded by battle and then witness the amazing story of the truce which is both humorous and heart warming. It is quite a journey into WWI history as well as an exploration of the human spirit.
Performances of “Operation Silent Night” are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m, Monday, Dec. 16, Wednesday, Dec. 18, and Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. each evening. Seating may be limited. The production is intense at points. Due to the special effects and portrayal of war, parental discretion is advised for small children.
Fayetteville Christ Fellowship is located on Nickleville Rd. (now Maple), near old 16.