Joseph, Mary and little talking trees
Most will know the story of Mary, Joseph and the baby in a manger, the three wise men and a bright shining star, but few will recall talking trees in the mix.
Members of Te Mana Huarahi, Idea Services’ Tawa branch put their own special spin on the timeless Christmas tale for their end-of-year production, The Magnificent Little Fir Tree, last week.
Idea Services, a branch of the Society for the Intellectually Handicapped, aims to enhance the skills and confidence of people with intellectual disabilities.
Family and friends turned out in support of the 14-strong cast, all with intellectual disabilities, who had been rehearsing since April.
The Magnificent Little Fir Tree told the story of how modern-day Christmas trees came about and their significance to the tradition.
Te Mana Huarahi team leader Priscilla Eiman said it was a ‘‘ Christmas production with a difference’’.
‘‘This branch caters for older service users with higher needs,’’ she said.
‘‘We concentrated on the trees this year. We started with the olive trees, then we learned about the palm trees, then the fir tree.
‘‘At first we thought it would be the biggest challenge ever. We had our moments but we also had some humorous moments.
‘‘The script changed every week. It just depended on what came to their minds at the time, but it has been a lot of fun.’’