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    Ellen Bloch, 7, turns around to look at the director during a dress rehearsal for the 90th annual Pageant of the Nativity at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Portland.

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    Actors playing disciples and shepherds line up in the aisle at First Parish Unitarian Universalist while practicing the precession during a dress rehearsal Saturday.

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    Casey Gilbert, who plays Mary in this year's Pageant of the Nativity, gets ready to go out on stage during a dress rehearsal Saturday.

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    Actors rehearse Saturday.

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    An actor walks up to the stage during the dress rehearsal Saturday.

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    Actors playing shepherds and disciples rehearse Saturday.

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    Bette Brunswick adjusts the wings on Elyse McFarquhar, 17, before the 90th annual Pageant of the Nativity at First Parish Unitarian Church. Brunswick has been working with the costumes for 13 years and before that played Mary in the pageant. Some of the costumes used today were made from materials brought back from Palestine for the first pageant in 1926.

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    Jason Shedlock, who played Joseph, checks his phone shortly before the start of the pageant Sunday.

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