A rootin’ tootin’ Christmas

Huntington, Ind.-Huntington University's junior theatre majors are gearing up for a this season's Christmas show that tells the story of the birth of Christ-with a twist.

"For Unto Y'all: A Cowboy Christmas" is a humorous musical nativity story set in the Old West, in a little town called Bethlehem, Wyo. Old Dr. Lucas Trotter introduces the audience to characters such as a six-gun totin' Gabriel dressed in white. Gabriel tells Mary and Joseph the good news-they will bring God's own son, the long awaited light, into their dark world.

The young couple must brave their way through Wyoming Territory where Mary gives birth to Jesus in a livery stable. Gabriel and his heavenly posse announce the joyous birth to a rowdy bunch of cowboys who are working their herd on the nearby plains. The cowboys rush off to see this newborn Savior the angels sing about, and the celebration of the Gospel begins.

"For Unto Y'all: A Cowboy Christmas" was written and arranged by Robert Sterling and is directed by Elaine Stoughton, a junior history major, and Mary Russell, a junior, theatre performance major. The show is choreographed by Bethany Edlund and Courtney Swenson, two junior theatre performance majors. Krystle McGowen, a senior technical theatre and design major, is in charge of costumes. Ryan Arnt, a junior technical theatre and design major, serves as the technical director.

The show opens on Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 general admission.