Living Nativity production kicks off at Hillspring Church

Living Nativity production kicks off at Hillspring Church

It’s an annual Christmas tradition for many, watching the Living Nativity performance at Hillspring Church in Richland.

The Living Nativity is a story that touches on the conflict between good and evil, and the gathering for the birth of Jesus at the manger.

The church has been performing it for more than 50 years,

“I really love doing this, it’s one of my favorite things to do around christmas time and I’m glad to be here,” says cast member Ruby Ruzauskas.

A production that takes place both indoors and outdoors, preparations begin half a year in advance.

“Our script writers will start in the summer,” says pastor Bryan White of Hillspring Church.

The cast and crew add up to about 200 enthusiastic volunteers from kids to animals.

“My family owns the miniature donkeys so i’ve done this for years years with six little mini donkeys,” says cast member Lindsay Joshlin.

For many, the highlight to this enormous production is getting to see real animals as part of the scene.

“We do bring the camels they are the only group that comes from out of town i’m from spokane area,” says White.

One of the challenges is keeping the animals under control, and keeping certain ones separate from each other.

White explains, “They are live animals, and we take a lot of safety precautions. One thing we found is horses and camels do not mix well, so we try to keep them separate.”

From an angel who appears at the top of a tree some three stories high, to shepherd families surrounding the manger, it’s a story that comes to life right here in Richland.

The performances continue Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on Monday through Wednesday there are three evening shows at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

It’s an annual Christmas tradition for many, watching the Living Nativity performance at Hillspring Church in Richland.

The Living Nativity is a story that touches on the conflict between good and evil, and the gathering for the birth of Jesus at the manger.

The church has been performing it for more than 50 years,

“I really love doing this, it’s one of my favorite things to do around christmas time and I’m glad to be here,” says cast member Ruby Ruzauskas.

A production that takes place both indoors and outdoors, preparations begin half a year in advance.

“Our script writers will start in the summer,” says pastor Bryan White of Hillspring Church.

The cast and crew add up to about 200 enthusiastic volunteers from kids to animals.

“My family owns the miniature donkeys so i’ve done this for years years with six little mini donkeys,” says cast member Lindsay Joshlin.

For many, the highlight to this enormous production is getting to see real animals as part of the scene.

“We do bring the camels they are the only group that comes from out of town i’m from spokane area,” says White.

One of the challenges is keeping the animals under control, and keeping certain ones separate from each other.

White explains, “They are live animals, and we take a lot of safety precautions. One thing we found is horses and camels do not mix well, so we try to keep them separate.”

From an angel who appears at the top of a tree some three stories high, to shepherd families surrounding the manger, it’s a story that comes to life right here in Richland.

The performances continue Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on Monday through Wednesday there are three evening shows at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.