Sweet baby Jesus
HOSEA Quinn has not put a lot of effort into rehearsals so far but he is still likely to be the star of the Coolum Christmas in the Park show.
The almost four-month-old will play the role of Jesus in front of an expected crowd of about 4000 at Tickle Park on Saturday.
Keeping it all in the family, proud parents Luke and Sarah have the roles of Jesus and Mary in the nativity scene, and Hosea's grandfather, Gary Quinn, will play in the band.
Hosea was destined for his role before he was even born.
His big break came about because Luke and Sarah both attend the Coolum Christian Family church and were known to organiser Karen Murphy.
"Karen knew we were expecting and she asked Luke if his baby could be in it this year," Sarah said.
"She asked before we knew we were having a boy but Jesus has been a girl a few times in past years."
For his role, Hosea is required to be held by his adoring parents.
He has been preparing by doing what all good babies should do - sleeping a lot.
Sarah said her budding star was usually asleep by 7pm but would still enjoy being the centre of attention if awake.
"He's pretty good. He's a bit of a social boy. He loves to be around people," she said.
Hosea need not take a stage name for his new career.
His name originally belonged to an 8th century BC prophet and was chosen by the Quinns because it means salvation.
His middle name is Courage, at his father's choosing, because "it's good to have something to live up to," Sarah said.
Although Christmas in the Park will be Hosea's debut, it will be the second time that Sarah, 28, has played the part of Mary.
"I was Mary in my preschool play," she said.
She has no need for a doll this time.
Ms Murphy said Hosea was one of many children helping out.
They will assist with the animal farm and free face painting before the carols start at 5pm and play angels when the show starts at 7pm.
The event will be held in Tickle Park, or in the Coolum Christian Family Church on Arcoona Rd in the event of rain.