RENO — Christina Danen of Sparks, a student at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, said she volunteered this year to participate in the live re-enactment of the birth of Christ for her own reasons.
“It was optional,” she said. “I thought it would be a good experience and that it would be fun and spread the real meaning of Christmas.”
For the past four years, students at the Catholic high school have performed the live nativity for the community with the guidance of the school’s music instructor and Fine Arts Department chairman Jeremy Satalick.
“We have a lot of fun,” he said. “Students from all disciplines volunteer.”
Satalick said they always take as many volunteers for the performance as they can get. At first, they performed the scene outside and had live animals. Now, it is done inside the school’s small chapel. For a few hours Dec. 22, a group of students performed several showings, starting with a handful of choir students leading the performance.
“We wanted to do something in the spirit of the Christmas season and thought a live nativity was a great thing to do,” Satalick said. “For the community as well.”
Each live nativity was well attended.
Visitor Colleen Solomon from Los Angeles said she was there to see her niece sing and found the event “very sweet.”
“It really got me thinking about this special time and what the real spirit of Christmas is all about,” she said.
When asked what others should take away from the night, Danen said she hoped they would remember what Christmas was really all about.
“They should think about Jesus’ birth and not about what’s advertised on TV and in the stores,” Danen said. “They should think about the real meaning of Christmas.”