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Bethlehem

November 1 - December 20th

Ragtown Gospel Band

Two Great Shows... One Unforgettable Experience!

Daughters of God

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BETHLEHEM…BETHLEHEM I COME

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We were staying at a kibbutz on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Outside the window of our room, the hillside Shepherd’s Field was bathed in moonlight. It was upon that field that the angel descended to herald the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem was visible beyond the crest of the next hill.

I stood there and imagined Gabriel Ramirez, as Jesus, singing Bethlehem I Come from the musical  BETHLEHEM, which I had written, and we had staged three years earlier. And there it was out there in the moonlight. This was the actual place where David had tended the flock, the place where angel visited the shepherds, the Magi traveled over that same hill on their way to pay homage to the newborn Christ. It was surreal to actually be there where these amazing things had occurred.

Pondering that, the reality that I possess the unimaginable gift of salvation because Jesus chose to be born in that place, and to die in that place…in my place…overwhelmed me. It still does.

This is the first time we’ve staged BETHLEHEM since we traveled to Israel. When I first heard Chris Smith, who so beautifully portrays Jesus in the new production, stand high above the stage and sing Bethlehem I Come, it took me immediately back to that night, looking out over that hillside.

Anyone who visits Israel will tell you that there is a sense of being almost disconnected from time there. You feel as though the layers of centuries could be turned back like translucent pages of an ancient book, and when you leave, you take a glimmer of that with you. Or perhaps it is that you never completely leave.

We can only hope to bring something of that to the productions at Ragtown. I believe we do. Actually, I believe God does. This particular story is so special. It is the overwhelming reality of God’s love for His Son, and for us. It is the astounding realization that Jesus chose to leave Heaven to be born into the world, knowing that He would be sacrificed to reconcile us to God. And it is the abiding faithfulness of the nurturing Holy Spirit who bound Him to God while Jesus was living as a man, and binds us to the Father and the Son today as a result of that astonishing love. These are all woven throughout the story and the songs.

It is more than the story of His birth. BETHLEHEM is the story of why Jesus was born. It is one your whole family should see. I so hope you will.

"The show was so wonderful last Saturday that I’m bringing 12 plus myself from our church this Saturday. Only two of these ladies have been before to Ragtown. I always tell them once they have attended they will not want to miss a show after that. Thank you and all of the cast for sharing the wonderful talents God has given you with all of us."

− Edie D., Abilene, TX

"Wow! I enjoyed the whole experience of the play, music, beautiful theater and I hope you are there for many, many years. Everyone from our church was so thrilled, our bus sang all the way back to Lubbock. Thank you again for a wonderful night, and I plan to tell others and definitely come again."

− Anna H., Lubbock, TX

"What a wonderful time we had last night at Ragtown Gospel Theater! God is so good! He has blessed your family with wonderful talent! To be able to entertain as well as spreading God’s word, and love what you are doing to boot, must be wonderful! Praise to our Lord and Savior! We will be back!"

− Joyce S., Idalou, TX

"I loved Joseph the Carpenter, the story was wonderful I loved the humor. A brilliant performance by the actors and lots of credit goes to the writer. Thank you Chip for using your singing and writing talent for the Lord. May God continue to bless Ragtown Theater and the Polk Families. "

− Quepha B., Lubbock, TX

Recent Photos From Ragtown…

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Satan mocks Jesus at the climax of “Gethsemane”.

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Kyle Bullock, playing Jesus in Ragtown’s production of “Gethsemane”, prays in the garden before being tempted by Satan.

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Chip performing with the Ragtown Gospel Band

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Jesus, played by Kyle Bullock, consults with His disciples before entering the garden of Gethsemane.

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Glenn performs as Satan in the recent production of “Gethsemane” at Ragtown Gospel Theater

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The children in “Say Nicklaus” look on sadly as Mina and Nicklaus are forced to leave the orphanage.

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Nicklaus, played by Glenn Polk, dances with his children in “Say Nicklaus”, Ragtown’s new Christmas favorite.

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