Weatherford Democrat

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December 12, 2013

Step into Bethlehem

Capernaum Village again hosts ‘Star of Bethlehem Experience’ on local film set using North Texas actors

WEATHERFORD – Tammy Lane Productions, creators of “Mission Reality” and other Christian-based productions, is once again bringing the spirit of the first Christmas to its one-of-a-kind first century village called Capernaum, located north of Weatherford.

This year’s annual “Star of Bethlehem Experience” is taking place Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22.

“Every year, friends and family across the world reflect on the history and origins of the Christmas season,” said Tammy Lane, creator of Capernaum Village and the production’s director. “We created the ‘Star of Bethlehem Experience’ as an authentic way of bringing that story to life.”

The Capernaum property contains both Capernaum Village and the Majestic Statue Garden. Final touches on the village were completed in recent years, and to accommodate a larger crowd and a more complex event, the area underwent more than $2 million worth of general construction. The village itself contains a number of single and multilevel stone structures designed and positioned much like they would have been in the first century.

As visitors witness the event, they will see that authenticity goes far beyond the village itself. Enlisting the help of local acting coach Twila Barnett, Lane’s team has hired more than 50 authentic-looking actors from the North Texas area to play the roles of each and every person in the village.

“In order to build off of the authenticity and beauty of the village, it was important for us to have trained actors to make the experience truly genuine,” said Barnett, owner of the Weatherford Acting, Film & Stunt Academy. “Having actors who convey the message of authenticity through their looks and their performance adds an element to the event that people really aren’t expecting to see.”

As guests enter the living town of Bethlehem, they’ll experience everything as it would have been the night Jesus was born. Walking through the town, they’ll witness scenes that were common in the time period – Roman soldiers, villagers, potters, rabbis – before coming upon and observing the crowded inn that turned away Joseph and Mary.

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