The musical evolved out of an annual Sunday school program given each year in a church basement in 1985. The sets were crude and the program just like other Sunday school programs. However, the audience became so large that the youth minister of the church began to look for another venue for the program. He was able to stage the next year’s program in the Banbury Auction building on Highway 54 at Haviland. Again, the crowd was “standing room only.” Today, 28 years later, the musical is held in the gymnasium of Barclay College. When the college president knew that the auction building was being sold, he offered the college gym and had a doorway enlarged so the camels could enter. The 70 member cast includes the college choir and other people who volunteer to be a part of the cast. If you would like to be a part of the musical, just ask. The attendance has grown to about 1200 people for the three performances. Included in the musical are camels, doves, sheep, a donkey, a horse and numerous other animals. The wise men are led in on camels through the street of Bethlehem by a 15 member entourage. The background of shops in Bethlehem encompasses one side of the gym and with that background “The Story of Christmas” becomes a meaningful setting for Christ’s birth. Children enjoy the excitement brought to the scene by the animals.