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Journey Complete for Christmas Play Camels

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It was not the kind of thing tow truck operator Marty Camacho thought he'd be transporting, but nevertheless, it was a challenge he was willing to take on.

"I figure after all the years of towing, this is a first," said Camacho.

This is the Christmas season, and time for A Christmas Wonder, St. John Fisher College's Christmas play. It just wouldn't be a Christmas production without the three kings' camels.

Because of their life-size height and width, the props had to be built in a big space. That happened at an empty warehouse space at Rochester Tech Park in Gates.

Matt Scrivens, who did much of the work, is not a carpenter by trade. For him, the work all started when he met with the producer of the show, Deacon Tom Jewell.

"He asked me to make three camels and I thought he was crazy. Here we are about a month later, with three camels," said Scrivens.

Matt volunteered his time and his skills to build the camels. Rochester Tech Park volunteered the space, and Ridgeway Sunoco volunteered time and effort to take the animals from Gates to Pittsford for the show.

Deacon Tom says it's been a real community effort.

"Everybody in the production, students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members all in this production, all of them are volunteers," said Jewell. "The generosity of people, maybe it's the Christmas spirit, maybe it's just we got good people in Rochester."

A Christmas Wonder runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"A Christmas Wonder"

St. John Fisher College Student Life Center

7 p.m. Friday, December 16th
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 17th
2 p.m. Sunday, December 18th

Tickets are available now with general admission of $16.50 for individual seating and $11.50 each for groups of five and over. Tickets can be purchased at all Wegmans locations and online here. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP