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Search for Peace pageant returns for 53rd year
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - For 52 years The Search for Peace has been a fundamental part of the Christmas holiday countdown at Curwensville.
The pageant, which will be presented for the 53rd time at the Curwensville United Methodist Church Friday, Saturday and Sunday, would not be possible but for the many volunteers, who have worked for weeks to perfect their performances, build sets, create authentic costumes and coordinate the four showings.
The Search for Peace was written by the late Laura Wright and was presented for the first time in 1960. A history of the pageant notes Wright wrote the script and selected accompanying music because she wanted a distinctive narrative to relate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and the events that preceded and followed it as the main characters embark on personal journeys for inner peace.
The first pageant was performed by children and teenagers who attended the Curwensville United Methodist Church but since then it has grown to include not only church parishioners but many residents of Clearfield County and even a few who travel a distance to take part in its music, drama or narration.
A history written in 2009 for the 50th anniversary of the pageant noted by that time more than 1,000 people had taken part over the years.
The pageant will be performed Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the show is free with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 10 or more living outside a 15-mile radius of Curwensville may reserve seats by contacting the church's office at 236-1976. Reserved seating is limited to 100 seats per request.
Guests with reserved seating must arrive and be seated at the church no later than 30 minutes before the start of the pageant. Any reserved seats that are not claimed 30 minutes before the start of the show will be opened to the public.
Parents who wish to bring children to the performances should be aware each is performed in total darkness with only spot lighting that could become upsetting to small children.
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