Shiloh Presbyterian hosting Christmas musical

Young parishioners at Shiloh Presbyterian Church in St. Marys are preparing for their Christmas musical, “All I Want for Christmas,” taking place Sunday evening at 6 p.m. inside the church’s Christian Education Center on Washington Street. The public is invited to attend the musical, which features Sunday school children and members of the church’s Youth Group.“This is a great play to have a lot of kids in. I feel it has a great story and is a different way to present the Lord’s coming,” said director Sharon Wiest, wife of Shiloh Presbyterian Pastor Scott Wiest.The 40-minute musical explores roles of the gift and the giver. The plot centers around a little girl Lindsay, who wants everything for Christmas. While she is pouting over her mom’s words about why we celebrate Christmas, Lindsay finds some new friends in her toys, which come alive to her, and together, they come to know the story of the first Christmas and the true meaning of this special day. “This is one of my favorite plays. We did this play six years ago when we lived in Pikeville, Ky.,” Wiest said. Assisting Wiest are parent volunteers Lara Reynolds, stage director; and Tim and Becky Herbstritt and family as set designers. Stage crew assistants include Jay and Lindsay Moore and Willy McGonnell.Among the youngsters featured in the musical are Jazmine Reynolds as Lindsay, Nikki Hanes as Miss Glamorous, Jeffrey Herbstritt as Captain Courage, Anna McGonnell as Jack-in-the-Box and Maddy Wiest as Rock-o the Dog.Additional cast members include Lauren Atwell, Sam Atwell, Andrew Atwell, Nicky Catalone, ViviAnne Catalone, Noah Reynolds, Jade Reynolds, Benjamin Reynolds, Morgan Wiest, Lydia Wiest, Gracie Azzato, Paige Nicklas, Maddy Nicklas, Nicholas Herbstritt, Zachary Herbstritt, Kyle Herbstritt and Meghan McGonnell.For more on this story, see the Dec. 16 edition of The Daily Press.