GILFORD — Imagine trying to explain the story of Christmas to someone who hadn't heard it before. Would there be some parts of the story that might seem a little ... illogical?
That's the scenario that siblings Mackenzie and Ethan Roys decided to put themselves in when asked this summer to write the script for this year's Christmas pageant at the Gilford Community Church. Opal Roys, their mother, said they were at the town beach when the church's youth director asked them if they wanted to pen the script for the pageant. "They went swimming a little bit and came out of the water and had an idea," she said. That idea was to examine the Biblical story of Christ's birth through the eyes of three principal Star Trek characters: Captain Kirk, Spock and Uhura. The pageant will be performed on Sunday during the church's regular service.
Mackenzie, 12 years old, said she and Ethan, 10, came up with the idea as they were bouncing ideas off each other. "We kind of thought of it together," she said. Opal wasn't surprised that they decided to take a science-fiction approach; both she and her husband, Mat, are sci-fi fans and they have immersed their children in both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes.
In the Royses' plot, Kirk, Spock and Uhura are on the bridge of the S.S. Enterprise. Spock becomes perplexed when Kirk attempts to explain Christmas to him. So, the trio decides to "beam down" to Bethlehem to see Christ's birth for themselves. "The moral of the play is to go back in time to tell him the true meaning of Christmas," said Ethan. "It was very fun."
After the scene on the Enterprise, the pageant moves on to conventional pageant scenes, but with the addition of a few star-traveling observers. Mackenzie, who has experience in musical theater at Gilford Middle School, said writing the dialogue was easy because of their familiarity with the Star Trek library. "We had a lot of background on them. We know the characters, we could tell how the characters would talk."
The service, open to the general public, begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Afterward, video of the pageant will be posted on gilfordcommunitychurch.org.
Siblings Ethan and Mackenzie Roys employed their sci-fi fandom to write Star Trek characters into a script for the Gilford Community Church Christmas pageant. The pageant will be performed on Sunday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)
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