Churches around Asheville have long been known for various Christmas shows. The Singing Christmas Tree is a big deal, for example.
But I just saw a television ad for Biltmore Baptist Church’s “Carolina Mountain Christmas Spectacular,” and was blown away. There’s a 700-member cast, massive stage and sets galore. They have a full tilt web site.
What is driving this? Are these Christmas shows money-makers for churches, or are they simply a way to show off? Looks like tickets start at $10 and cost as much as $17.
Here’s a description of the show:
What started 15 years ago with angels in cardboard wings and biblical characters dressed in homemade costumes has developed into one of the largest full scale productions in the Carolinas and now incorporates over 800 people and is seen by over 14,000.
Carolina Mountain Christmas Spectacular (CMCS) has undergone numerous facelifts, changes and progress over the years. Especially with sets and cast. Talented actors and actresses, vocalists, instrumentalists and costume designers have added more each year. This year we introduce our new set by Wolf Designs. It is one of Peter Wolf’s last designs before his death a few years ago…He is best known as a set designer for Radio City Music Hall and many Broadway Productions in New York City.
The new format and theme this year is termed, “Find the Perfect Gift.” Each person in attendance will be ushered inside the grand opening of a department store to see one family’s struggle in finding just the right gift.