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Live nativity to portray birth and life of Christ

Staff writer

The old three-story stone barn and surrounding areas of the former Townsend Ranch east of Peabody will be transformed into a living nativity the first full weekend in December.

Renamed Wildcat Creek Ranch and owned by Klee and Jennifer Watchous of Whitewater, the old barn, outbuildings, and adjoining property lend themselves well to the production that portrays the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For the second year, the Watchous family, assisted by friends and their church family from Palmyra Baptist Church of rural Whitewater, will present “A Living Nativity: Christ is Born.” The production features a cast of 75 and includes live animals, narration, action, and music.

Performances are scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8.

Tickets to the living nativity are free and available at Peabody Market in Peabody, Gillispie Meats at 420 East Broadway in Newton, Jacob’s Well at 139 N. Main St. in El Dorado, and Tad’s Locker Room at 9747 E. 21st St. N. in Wichita.

Groups of 10 or more should call (316) 799-1453 for reservations.

During the three-night production, tours will begin every 15 minutes and last about 45 minutes.

Smaller groups or single attendees can select a specific time slot that fits their schedule by contacting the select ticket sales locations beginning Friday.

Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive early as tours begin on time. Those who arrive late for their tour time will be placed in the walk-in line. Walk-ins will be admitted as group size allows.

Trams will transport guests to and from the parking area. Golf carts will be available for the handicapped.

Most of the performance will take place outside so attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather.

For more information or to view a video of the 2012 performance, go to

Last modified Nov. 26, 2013