This isn’t your grandma’s nativity play

LANGLEY – While the story of Christmas may have been recited hundreds of times, leave the pre-conceived notions behind when attending Butterfingers Angel at Trinity Western University (TWU).


This comedic take on nativity is on stage from Nov. 18 to 29.


William Gibson’s creation is brought to life by actors at the university with some unique help.


Local children have been chosen to play the roles of the story’s animals.


Langley resident Shelby Wyminga plays a spunkier version of Mary, who has a few modern ideas of what marriage is all about.


"This show captures the heart of the Christmas story, both the light and the darkness," said Wyminga. "Instead of stiff stereotypes, we get a glimpse into the way ordinary people handle extraordinary circumstances, from the naive newlyweds to the donkey who hates her job. Beneath the laughter, this story also explores doubt and danger, hopes and fears – it’s sincere and relatable."


There is silly comedy, but also real-life struggles in this story of an incompetent Angel Gabriel caught up in a blender of Christmas messages.


From the challenges inherent in Mary and Joseph’s new marriage to the narcissistic pear tree, and the not-so-wise, wise men, it’s a long way from the traditional telling of the story. Audience members will follow poor Gabriel along as he stumbles from one surprise to another.


Tickets and further information about Butterfingers Angel can be found at or by calling 604-513-2121, extension 3872.