An early concept and scripting meeting, April 2013

An early concept and scripting meeting, April 2013

The production staged by our church, “Home for Christmas” is over. Tons of people put in A LOT of work. Sound, set design, make-up, costume, technical crew, videographers, photographers, production, musicians, ushers, intercessors, actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, logistics, janitors, publicity, project management, catering, pastoral team, etc. The list is not comprehensive and goes on. Every person deserves full credit for the entire production.

But I wanted to write this for my team of writers (2 of them was part of the cast as well).

To the writing team, my heartfelt thank you.  It was genuinely exciting for me to work with a team – second time with Christine. I loved how you each put in a little of yourself to transform true-life stories and dramatise it. Each dramatisation is unique and could only have been written by you. I can now see the next generation of creators/writers coming up in our church. That’s so cool.

As writers, we are involved early in the runway to the actual production.  The work at the beginning is hence ambiguous. We are after all, starting with a blank slate. The task was not always clear, tweaks had to be made through the process but you all took it in your stride. There were times when I was strapped for time and you guys stepped up. Thank you so very much.

You juggled with 26 letters and a fistful of punctuation marks to create magic. Most importantly, you trusted God.

Besides the writing team, I want to thank all those who made the script sparkle – Joan and Yane for adjusting scripts while I was away in India. And of course, the actors for the fabulous delivery and immaculately time ad-libs.

Productions are amazing for me. No one person can take credit – but God alone. So, thank you Lord.

Let me end with one more feedback I heard today (for all, not just the writing team).

“Thank you Chris for the ticket. I am so glad that I came to the Christmas service tonight. I feel that this is the best Christmas service that I have ever been. It was so touching till I shed so much tears…”

Blessed Christmas all.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. Matthew 2:10

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