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Life of Christ told in holiday performance

POSTED: November 17, 2011 12:31 a.m.

For 20 years, the faith-based dance and performance group Praise in Motion has been putting on dance and theatrical performances. The group is looking forward to its holiday season production of "The Gift," to be performed Saturday, Nov. 19, in Gainesville.

"The Gift" is the classic Christmas story, told through dance and music. Director Kathy Thomas says the performance tells the story of Jesus, from birth to ministry, moving on to his death, resurrection and return.

"The Christmas holidays have become so much about commerce. We want to remind families of the reason for the season," Thomas said.

Thomas said Praise in Motion is a ministry, but that the group takes its productions very seriously.

"We started in August and have been working since then, and work will continue until the curtains close," she said.

Praise in Motion has been performing "The Gift" for the last 12 to 15 years, Thomas said. She says the show is always very well received in Gainesville.

This year's performance will be held at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium. Performances are set for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

"We just love to do this. It's the highlight of our season," Thomas said.

Praise in Motion generally puts on two major theater productions annually, with "The Gift" as the holiday staple for the last several years. Additionally, the ministry is contacted by local churches to do smaller shows throughout the year.

"The Gift" is family-friendly, according to Thomas, and the showings are free, with "love offerings" being collected.



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