On my list of things to do is to go to a show with J that he really wants to see. J loves theater and live music. We have three little kids. We don't get out much.
Last winter we kept hearing great things about the show The Birth. We tried to get tickets, but were too late. So, I knew when it came around this year, I would be getting tickets early. They announced early on that there would be a one-night special performance by Sarah DeShields, a magnificently talented singer/song writer, who just happens to be our church's worship pastor. J loves Sarah's music, so I planned our big night out.
I can't say enough great things about The Birth. It is a seasonal production, so you've missed your chance for this year, but should the world still be around next Christmas-time, if you are anywhere near Charlotte, you must go see this show. It is simple and stark and riveting and profound all at the same time. The acting is excellent, the music beautiful, the unusualness compelling. It's the story of Christmas like you've never experienced it before. Nothing cheesy, nothing religious. Just beautiful and inspiring.
The performance was followed by a concert by Sarah (who is also part of the Birth cast), her husband, and a funny, talented woman cellist. Sarah's music is ethereal and lovely and right up J's alley. Sarah is a native of Scotland and her accent gives her voice an extra dose of angelic quality. She gave us several Christmas songs in the traditional Scottish style which was cool. Check out her music here.
It was a really fun night. J loved the show and I really enjoyed having this experience with him. We will definitely plan this outing again.