By: Lacy HIlliard
As the brilliant green hues gradually begin to color the winter worn mountainsides, a celebration occurs. Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and as it coincides with the ushering in of fairer weather, many Johnson Countains begin to defrost and are welcomed by a plethora of community events.
One such event was presented last weekend, both Friday and Saturday evenings, by First Christian Church. Appropriately, First Christian presented The Last Supper a living tribute to Leonardo Da Vincis iconic painting. Da Vincis masterpiece depicts the reaction of each apostle following Jesus revelation that one amongst them will betray him. The Last Supper was originally performed by First Christian in 1983, under the direction of Richard Moorhouse, who was the minister of the church at the time. First Christian Church lovingly dedicated the performance to Moorhouse.
Michael Eggers stepped up to the role of director for the production. As he has proven throughout his various productions with Johnson County Community Theatre, both acting and directing, and now with his role as director for the Johnson County High School Players Eggers knows what it takes to bring a story to life on stage. Combined with the expertise of musical director, Annette Greer the pair pulled off a visually interesting and musically entertaining production.
Upon entering Heritage Hall Theater, the audience was greeted by the phenomenal piano stylings of the fantastically talented Colton Fenner. Fenners serenade was just one of the many warm welcomes the audience received. Creating a similar feel to a church service, First Christian Church members as well as Pastor Dwayne Dickson, could be seen greeting audience members as Heritage Hall ushers showed them to their seats.
The production opened with a performance of We Love You Jesus, given by Scott and Donda Plyler. As the play progressed, there were several breaks in between that gave way to various musical performances. Chelly Henson performed In This Very Room, as Jesus (played by Joel Walker), washed the feet of each of his apostles in order to signify his humility and willingness to serve. Jason Stamper performed Seek Ye First on Friday night and Michael and Lydia Nicholson performed Praise God on Saturday night. Johnson County Middle School Singers director and talented vocalist Nancy Davis performed Written in Red. Kim Gentry performed Not Guilty followed by varying recessional performances given while audience members were offered communion. The Friday performance of The Old Rugged Cross was given by Stacy Greer and Jason Stamper. The Saturday performance of the same Christian classic was given by Stacy Greer and Michael and Lydia Nicholson.
The cast members portraying the apostles were charged with a difficult task.
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