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Jack and the Manger

Nothing heralds Christmas like massed children's voices singing Christmas songs and a compelling telling of Christ's birth.  Shallaway's annual Christmas concert showcases every tier of their 200 chorister strong choral community - from the older and more experienced "Camerata" singers to the younger boys and girls' choruses. Conducted by Kellie Walsh, the music provides a framework for a fresh take on the nativity story by Andy Jones - this time in the guise of a Newfoundland folk tale. "Jack and the Manger" delivers the action through the eyes of Jack, the hero of many a story, who befriends a young couple on their walk to Bethlehem. There's a bit of 'angel talk', some gravel pit camping, an edge-of-your-seat birth drama, and the low-down on how Caesar Augustus's 'count-and-tax plan' brought them all together. It's a down-to-earth version of a heavenly tale.