Mary and Joseph react to the news of her pregnancy in “Emmanuel.” (West Angeles Media Ministry)

A musical depiction of the birth of Jesus was masterfully portrayed by the members of the Music and Worship Arts Ministry of West Angeles Church of God in Christ on Dec. 22 and Dec. 24.

“Emmanuel,” written, directed and produced by Marvin Wright-Bey, featured talented vocalists, dynamic dancers, and creative scenery accompanied by an incredible band.  The production, based on scripture, combined narration, songs and choreography to recount the nativity. Key members of the production team were Steven A. Taylor, composer and lyricist, and Christopher Smith, choreographer.

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The cast included Markita Knight as Mary, Todd Bynum as Joseph, Otis Easter as Gabriel, and Wallace Smith as Herod.  The shepherds were represented by Niki Potts, Fred Braggs, and Solomon Williams. The wise men were played by Michael Williams, Taylor Nevels, and Anthony Gates.  Dale Hill and Darrell Cox served as the narrators.

Pastor Charles Blake II commends the outstanding production. (West Angeles Media Ministry)

Pastor Charles Blake II led the audience in commending ‘Emmanuel’ on the opening night of the play.  Also, First Lady DeAndra Blake, Bishop Charles E. Blake, and First Lady Emeritus Mae Blake joined the pastor in applauding the presentation.

Dale Hill enthralled the crowd with dramatic narration. (West Angeles Media Ministry)
The cast of “Emmanuel” sing in the play’s finale. (West Angeles Media Ministry)