Upwards of 75 cast and crew have been working for the past six months to bring to life the story of Christmas for this weekend's stage production of The Christmas Station.
Aldergrove Seventh Day Adventist Church is presenting this dramatic musical on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, (Dec. 16-18).
It's not the story of Santa Claus, but rather a biblical adaptation that reflects the birth of Jesus Christ, said senior pastor David Jamieson.
For more than 10 years, Jamieson has used the skills gained while acquiring an English major (including exposure to drama and Shakespeare) to direct dramatic musicals at the church.
This year's Christmas production, The Christmas Station, tells the story of Eddie, a busy executive who is travelling home for the Christmas holidays and on the way home discovers the heart of the real Christmas story, Jamieson said.
"This compelling production features not only Eddie's incredible conversion while on his journey to Bethlehem, but also includes a modern rendition of the story of the wise men, the shepherds, and Mary and Joseph," he explained.
The first two performances are almost sold out, and the church expects every seat will be taken again this year for all three performances.
This is a testament to the quality of the Christmas musicals that the church has hosted over the years, Jamieson said.
He noted that in past, the church has presented the dramatic musical to a full house each of the performances.
The Christmas Station will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. on all three nights. While admission is free, tickets must be reserved in advance at 604-856-5830 or 778808-6317.
A trailer of the production has been created, and is available for viewing at www. aldergrovesda.org, click on The Christmas Station logo.
"It's a program for young and old alike, to come out and enjoy something unique in the community of Langley, and in particular Aldergrove," Jamieson said.
The church, which also hosts the annual Extreme Home Repair and the Single Mom's Oil Change, offers this free musical production as another way of reaching out to the community.
"This is a great opportunity for churches of all denominations to share the heart of the real Christmas story," he concluded.