Celebrate the Child

Announcement and Press Release for Jonathan Swenson and Paraphrase Theatre

6 Characters * One Actor * A Fresh Look at the Nativity

Celebrate the Child, a one-man play featuring Christian actor and speaker Jonathan Swenson, will be performed at Center Point Church, 810 3rd Ave, Mountain Lake on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00PM. Childcare is provided. Written by Curt Cloninger, this combination of “characters and carols” explores the birth of Jesus through the eyes of six different people whose lives were somehow intertwined with the birth of Christ. Both entertaining and deeply moving, the drama invites the audience to experience the Nativity in fresh and meaningful ways.

Swenson is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A. in Psychology, Theater and Music, 1988) and Luther Seminary (Master’s of Divinity, 1994). He has served as an ordained minister for over 15 years, and is currently the Founding Director of Paraphrase Theater as well as the Director of Programming for Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria. MN.

Swenson, a trained actor, travels throughout the country sharing a unique blend of drama, teaching, music and story-telling. His regional theater credits include such leading musical roles as Tevye, Daddy Warbucks, Harold Hill and Nathan Detroit. Dramatic roles include Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice and Roland in Taking Steps. Swenson has also performed as guest soloist with Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA. Most recently, Jonathan can be seen in the feature film, “Miles Between Us” produced by ii Films, and heard on the soundtrack of Rich Melheim’s Martin Luther Rock Opera.

The event is free but a time for donations will be made available at the end of the event. Lynn Stoneking will also be providing music as part of the evening. Childcare is provided.