Shaunna Fuller considers White Chapel’s production of Born in Me a gift to the community.
And like any gift the Southlake resident prepares, with splendid paper and fabulous bows, she wants every year’s production to be the be the best.
“I go the extra mile and this is the go the extra mile,” the White’s Chapel United Methodist Church executive director for Music and Worship said. “That’s the kind of gift we’re giving to the community.”
So this week leading up to the annual performance of the worship service she and her co-workers are White’s Chapel are busy.
The church will put on four performances of the annual tradition on Saturday and Sunday that are free and open to the public.
Fuller works with the church’s Creative Director Tim Georgeff on the production and as they speak about it they interchange the word show and service to describe the 1-hour spectacle of Christmas carols, narration and lights.
“There’s a lot of people in the community looking for things to do that are Christmas orientated,” Georgeff said. “Real warm, fuzzy, Christmas. Think Christmas pageant, but all steroided up.”
Audiences are treated to a performance that tells the story of Christmas with new spins on Christmas carols performed by singers, a fifty-piece orchestra, 130 member choir, actors, dancers and more.
“I would compare it to, maybe this is bold to say, but The Rockettes,” Fuller said . “It’s a wow.”
The pair have worked on the extravaganza for more than a decade and try to improve the production each year and always have surprises for people that have seen it before.
Georgeff said he is not trying to impress people, but wants to have audiences leaving with some insight or revelation.
“We're not trying to impress people but if you don't put an impression on to someone they tend to walk away without thinking about it,” he said.
He said it’s nice to hear people compliment about the production after a viewing, but said the real impact comes from people who tell him how meaningful that single hour was to an audience member and his or her family.
“It's that somebody's life has change momentously from this one little moment,” he said.
Fuller chimed in, “This is our way to change the world.”
Fuller wanted to keep this year’s surprise, but did tease what they were going to bring this year.
“At Christmas time people want traditional. They want carols, hot chocolate, snow flakes,” she said. “We all are dreaming of a white Christmas so we're going to deliver that this year.”
The gift is more than just the production, which is put on by mostly church volunteers. There will also be winter refreshments on Saturday and before the Sunday morning performances there is a free brunch featuring pancakes, eggs and more.