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Local Christmas production draws thousands

A local church in Richmond’s annual Christmas production attracted thousands of excited people for the thirtieth consecutive year in a row.

West End Assemblies of God has been putting on Glorious Christmas Nights every year at Christmas for as long as many Richmond residents can remember. Although the theme and plot varies from year to year, this live Christmas production complete with original script, songs and choreography always attracts a large crowd. According to the box office, a total of over 21,000 tickets were sold to their 18 showings of this year’s GCN.

This year’s production, titled Finding Christmas, was set in downtown Richmond in the year 1972. The story follows an orphaned girl who is trying to “find” a family for Christmas and a little boy who is trying to find his mother’s lost earrings. With the help of an angel dressed as a shopping attendant, the two characters look for what they’ve lost and find the true meaning of Christmas instead.

This family-friendly Christmas show was the product of the hard work of over 350 cast members and 180 crew members. Both the composer and writer/director have been working together on GCN for over 20 years. The choreographer has also been with the show for years and has been flown in from New York annually to help with this production.

WEAG is not only a church, but also is where over fifty dance classes are taught every week. GCN's writer and director Kathy Craddock said that, in writing this show, the team really wanted to be able to give all of those students a chance to showcase what they’ve been working on. Because of this, several styles of dance were featured in this production including:

  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Broadway
  • Swing
  • Ballroom

GCN is a wonderful option for those looking for some fun family-friendly entertainment. Although the final showing of Finding Christmas was December 10, Richmond residents can count on another fun-filled production in the next holiday season.

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