Easter may only just be passed but people in Crossmichael are already making plans for Christmas.
And Jenny the baby donkey has clinched the lead role in a musical extravaganza being held in the village during the festive period.
Jenny will be Mary and Joseph’s donkey in an original performance of the Living Nativity that will also involve actors, singers, choirs, technicians, sheep and alpacas.
Organiser Ahrlene Fuller said: “The event is very ambitious, very creative and never before done in Scotland as far as we are aware.
“America is very keen on live nativities but I struggled to find performances in this country and last Christmas had to go down to Congleton in England to watch one in action. The entire village of Astbury turned out and they also came from far and wide because it is such a unique and such a charming festive event.”
The performance will start at Crossmichael Primary where choirs will sing and Mary and Joseph will set off on Jenny to Bethlehem as part of the census announced by the Roman soldiers.
The audience will then follow them through the village as they make their way to the stable via the shepherds in the field, stop off to visit the wise men on their journey and pop into the local inn where they will be sent to the stable at the edge of the village and where the baby Jesus will be born and all the choirs will come together to sing.
Organisation is in the early stages and several groups are already on board including the primary school, community council, heritage group and the police.
Ahrlene added: “We are still very keen for others to come and join us and we are looking for choirs, solo singers, actors and backroom volunteers to help with sound, lighting and building sets – in particular a stable – which can be flat packed and put away for the next year, so if anyone can help please get in touch.
“No experience is needed as we will all be learning as we go and we hope to involve all ages and groups in the community and beyond. Traditionally these events are promoted and sponsored by the business community as it brings in lots of tourists looking for an experiential festive break and I have approached several tourist related organisation who are all keen to play some part in the event.”
Any person, singing group or choir who would like to take part in the living nativity can contact Ahrlene on 01556 670615 or 07818 364204.
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Show star Jenny the donkey with her owner Ben Hodson and event organiser Ahrlene Fuller