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“The Cry of Christ” returns with a new twist at Halesford Baptist Church.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Staging a drama centered on a murder, with a main character who is filled with feelings of anger, bitterness and hate, may not seem like a seemly way to begin Holy Week. But Moneta’s Virginia Rogers, writer and director of “The Cry of Christ,” which begins a two-weekend run today at Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz, insists the audience will leave inspired and uplifted.
“There is a lot of emotion, but it’s not a sad, depressing story,” said Rogers. “I think if people would take the time to come see it, they will walk away with a message of hope.”
The Easter drama, which will be performed at 10 showings (several are sold out), returns for the fifth-consecutive year. And while the fully staged and costumed production is based on Scripture, as in the past, there is a new storyline and the continuation of a modern-day setting, which was introduced in 2012.
“Last year, we had a prisoner, and the storyline was around him. This year, the story is about the murdered man’s wife — an extension from last year,” said Rogers.
Don’t worry if you didn’t see last year’s production; Rogers said audience members will be able to pick up the plot from a brief explanation in the program.
The main character in this year’s drama, left alone after her husband’s murder, deals with negative emotions and frustrations surrounding his death. Then, she learns she has cancer.
Rogers promises the drama will make you laugh, and at the end, leave you feeling joyful.
“Every person — it doesn’t matter how old or how young — can relate to something [in the play],” Rogers said.
It takes a massive effort from about 200 church members to pull off the production.
Music — contemporary, country and classical; stage design; sound and lighting; parking direction; and acting all are provided by members of Halesford. This year, about 125 actors will participate; in one scene alone, there are 100 people on stage, Rogers said.
The production lasts about an hour and 45 minutes. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Last year, more than 3,500 people attended, and almost every show was sold out.
Reservations can be made online at www.halesford.com. For more information, call the church at 721‑8640.
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