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Crowds expected for Easter drama

Joey Choate, Taylor Newton and Buffie Newton act out a scene from “God’s Passion for You: An Easter Drama” at Anthony Grove Baptist Church during a dress rehearsal Thursday. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

CROUSE — More than 100 actors will converge on a gymnasium-length stage to present one of the largest indoor Easter dramas in the area starting tonight.
Anthony Grove Baptist Church will present “God’s Passion for You: An Easter Drama” at 7 tonight, Saturday and Sunday. The play will also run Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10.
The drama celebrates Jesus’ miracles and teachings, along with his sufferings and sacrifice, said Scott Robertson, director of drama ministry for the church.
Robertson said the drama could have a lasting effect on those who see it, regardless of where they are spiritually.
“The thing that we’ve all been praying for from the start is that someone who doesn’t know Jesus … will see what he’s done for them, and the Holy Spirit will move and they’ll have a life-changing experience,” he said.
He hopes those who may have wandered away from religion will rededicate their lives to following Jesus. And for those who are involved already, the drama will serve as a source of encouragement and hope and a reminder of what it’s all about.
This is Anthony Grove’s 5th annual Easter drama.
After producing the area’s only outdoor, walk-through drama the last two years, the church has chosen to move this year’s production indoors because of the threat of poor weather. A new auditorium at the church will provide enough space for the indoor production, Robertson said.
The auditorium was built in response to Anthony Grove’s growing population. Five years ago, the church averaged about 30 people at its Sunday morning service. Now, more than 300 attend two Sunday services.
Besides the location change, this year’s drama will also differ from past productions in the way it is presented.
Instead of 12 separate scenes covering the life of Jesus and several shows each night, there will be one full-length play each evening.
Robertson said an original script, powerful music, more than 100 actors and a large stage should bring a record audience.
Last year almost 1,000 attended the outdoor dramas. This year Robertson expects that number to reach about 1,250.
Some people who attend the play find it has changed them. Robertson said that following last year’s drama, 11 people made professions of faith. This year the church is hoping for 40.
“It really should be a lot of fun,” Robertson said. “It’s one of those things which God has blessed.”
Admission to the “God’s Passion for You” is free, but those interested should call 704-435-6001 for tickets or more information.This weekend’s shows are almost full, Robertson said, but there’s plenty of room Easter weekend. And he emphasized that even if it’s a full house, no one will be turned away.
CROUSE — More than 100 actors will converge on a gymnasium-length stage to present one of the largest indoor Easter dramas in the area starting tonight.
Anthony Grove Baptist Church will present “God’s Passion for You: An Easter Drama” at 7 tonight, Saturday and Sunday. The play will also run Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10.
The drama celebrates Jesus’ miracles and teachings, along with his sufferings and sacrifice, said Scott Robertson, director of drama ministry for the church.
Robertson said the drama could have a lasting effect on those who see it, regardless of where they are spiritually.
“The thing that we’ve all been praying for from the start is that someone who doesn’t know Jesus … will see what he’s done for them, and the Holy Spirit will move and they’ll have a life-changing experience,” he said.
He hopes those who may have wandered away from religion will rededicate their lives to following Jesus. And for those who are involved already, the drama will serve as a source of encouragement and hope and a reminder of what it’s all about.
This is Anthony Grove’s 5th annual Easter drama.
After producing the area’s only outdoor, walk-through drama the last two years, the church has chosen to move this year’s production indoors because of the threat of poor weather. A new auditorium at the church will provide enough space for the indoor production, Robertson said.
The auditorium was built in response to Anthony Grove’s growing population. Five years ago, the church averaged about 30 people at its Sunday morning service. Now, more than 300 attend two Sunday services.
Besides the location change, this year’s drama will also differ from past productions in the way it is presented.
Instead of 12 separate scenes covering the life of Jesus and several shows each night, there will be one full-length play each evening.
Robertson said an original script, powerful music, more than 100 actors and a large stage should bring a record audience.
Last year almost 1,000 attended the outdoor dramas. This year Robertson expects that number to reach about 1,250.
Some people who attend the play find it has changed them. Robertson said that following last year’s drama, 11 people made professions of faith. This year the church is hoping for 40.
“It really should be a lot of fun,” Robertson said. “It’s one of those things which God has blessed.”
Admission to the “God’s Passion for You” is free, but those interested should call 704-435-6001 for tickets or more information.
This weekend’s shows are almost full, Robertson said, but there’s plenty of room Easter weekend. And he emphasized that even if it’s a full house, no one will be turned away. by Alice Smith

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