It's a tradition that doesn't hype the commercial appeal of the holidays, but rather the story of Jesus' birth.
And starting Friday, the Contemporary Youth Arts Company celebrates its 16th annual production of the rock opera, "Mary."
The Mark Scarpelli-Dan Kehde show tells the story of the nine months prior to the birth of Jesus through the eyes of a girl destined to become the most important woman in the Christian tradition.
This year's cast includes Rowan Maher and Katie Shaver in the title roles, with Jonathan Tucker and Daniel Calwell as Joseph, Maddy Gourevitch and Susanna Morris as the Archangel Gabriel, Susanna Tucker and Lauren Mallory as Elizabeth, Austin Lowe and Michael Tighe as Zechariah, Nik Tidquist and Austin Susman as Herod, along with a 25-member chorus and 15-piece orchestra.
The show takes place at Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, along with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 1.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available at the door.