CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Shadows of Love: A Christmas Story" includes special lighting, music and narration in a play that presents the message of the season in a different way.
The Rev. Ron McClung, senior pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, wrote the play about 10 years ago and has since presented it about 30 times in various churches.
McClung, who also wrote an Easter version of the play, created the productions to present timeless messages in new ways.
"I always liked drama," said McClung, who has written various plays and skits over the years.
McClung, 54, became senior pastor of Mount Vernon in November 2011. He holds an undergraduate degree from Marshall University and a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children and one grandchild.
The upcoming show will be free and open to the public.
"We want to make it a gift to folks at Christmas," he said.
"Shadows of Love: A Christmas Story" begins with creation and includes nine scenes. The audience will hear about the love story of Joseph and Mary as well as visits by the angels as the story leading to the birth of Jesus Christ unfolds.
Performers will be behind a screen 9 feet tall and 24 feet wide with special lighting used to create appropriate shadows to fit the narration of the story. The show is also strong in music with songs like "Mary Did You Know," "God of Wonders," "Breath of Heaven," "Joseph's Lullaby," and "My Deliverer."