54 minutes | Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Frank Murphy is joined by Mindy Thomas, a board member and past-president of the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville. Learn more at https://www.knoxvillenativity.com/
The 2023 Nativity Pageant performances will be Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 p.m.; and Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Admission is free. A musical prelude begins about twenty minutes beforehand. The performance begins in total darkness.
This year’s pageant will have a children’s choir, three soloists, a new actress named Sherleen Mwaura playing Mary, and a new donkey. The cast will be available for photos in the lobby after each performance. A Spanish translation will be available. Andrew Duncan is the music director. This year’s soloists are Ginny Herrick, Julie Moss, and Cody Boling.
Kim Simms Thomas and Bob Thomas will be the narrators. Amy Evans returns as the voice of Mary. This year will be Frank’s fourth time as the voice of six characters in the pageant. Frank provides the voices for the prophet Isaiah; the archangel Gabriel; a centurion; a shepherd boy; one of the magi; and the evil King Herod.
Frank points out that the Nativity Pageant is not affiliated with any particular church or denomination. Members of all Christian denominations participate in the pageant.
Mindy was a majorette at the University of Tennessee. She owns a twirling school called TriStar Twirl. Frank often sees Mindy and TriStar Twirl in the Christmas parades he announces.
One of Frank’s favorite things backstage at the pageant is a spiced hot tea made from iced tea mix, Tang and other spices and flavors.
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