Divine Saviour parishioner shines new light on Christmas play

YORK — Members of Divine Saviour Church and the community joined together to put on an original Christmas play Dec. 5-7.

“There Will Be A Star,” a Christmas musical written by Laura Pfizenmayer, with music by Tom Robinson and lyrics by Ellen Reddick, was performed by the Divine Saviour Players.

The play tells the story of Christ’s birth from the point of view of Mary, Martha and Lazarus who are depicted as three orphaned teenagers being raised by their elderly Uncle Joab.

Pfizenmayer said she came up with the idea several years ago when she wondered what the three siblings were doing at the time of Christ’s birth. This led her to think about how they learned about Jesus and their journey as they followed the star that led them to the king who changed their lives.

“I guess God just spoke to me,” said Pfizenmayer.

The play had remained on the back burner for about two years, until Pfizenmayer attended a meeting held by Divine Redeemer’s women’s group. At the time, the group was looking for a new and unique Christmas project that would allow the parish, and residents of York and surrounding communities, to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Currently, Pfizenmayer is receiving help from a writer’s guild to have the play copyrighted.

Debbie Mitchell, president of the Divine Saviour women’s group, said over 50 people from the parish and community took part in production of the play.

Mitchell described “There Will Be A Star” as a family effort.

Submitted by Keith H. Seymour.