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The faces of the Quest puppets are the shape of crescent moons, their posture that of caparisoned giraffes. But when their procession commences up the center aisle of the church sanctuary, heralded by a chorale and banners, these ten-foot-tall apparitions invoke all the grandeur of angels on parade. Audiences for this 30-minute pageant, currently touring Chicago-area congregations, are likely to be familiar with the events surrounding Jesus's birth, but a score composed of original songs and traditional carols tells the story with a simplicity accessible even to those who might be encountering the sacred myth for the first time. Through 1/1: see for complete schedule.Fri 12/10, 7:30 PM. Saint Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 1615 Lincoln, Evanston. Then Sat-Sun 12/11-12/12, 7 and 8 PM. Oak Park First Baptist Church, 820 Ontario, Oak Park. Then Fri 12/17, 9:30 AM. Lake Forest Place, 1100 Pembridge Drive, Lake Forest. Then Sun 12/19, 9 and 11 AM. Broadway United Methodist Church, 3344 N. Broadway. Then Sun 12/19, 3 PM. The Church of Saint Elisabeth, 556 Vernon, Glencoe. Then Mon 12/20, 7:30 PM. Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, 806 Ridge, Evanston. Then Sat 1/1, 6 PM. Saint Gregory the Great Church, 5535 N. Paulina. Call 312-458-0895.

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