Play gives fresh slant to the story of Easter

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Even people who don’t identify themselves as Christians can tell you something of the Easter story, said Kay Mortimer, of River of Life Church in Aiken.

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Members of Congregation Beth Shalom in North Augusta will dance during the Manger to Majesty presentations at River of Life Church.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
Members of Congregation Beth Shalom in North Augusta will dance during the Manger to Majesty presentations at River of Life Church.

“It’s the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. If you’ve heard it before, it’s easy to get numbed to (it),” said Mortimer, the church’s drama director.

That’s why her latest production, Manger to Majesty, is told from a new perspective – that of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

More than 50 church members will participate in the production, which will be performed twice on Palm Sunday, the day that commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem days before his crucifixion.

River of Life, however, isn’t the only church supplying talent for the production. Songwriter Dawn Summers, of Aiken, will debut an original song, and several members of Congregation Beth Shalom in North Augusta will dance.

The Messianic Jewish congregation incorporates dance into its worship. On stage, nearly a dozen members will dance to the song Hine Ma Tov.

“It means ‘in unity,” said Jim Allison, one of the dancers. “It’s fitting.”

Manger to Majesty is one of several plays Mortimer has written to be performed at the church, but the first to be told from Mary’s point of view.

“This is a play the Lord gave me to write. It includes the traditional story, because it’s integral to our faith, but with the storytelling, we go outside the box a bit,” she said. “It’s multi-cultural. It’s multi-racial. It’s all ages. I believe everyone will be blessed by it.”

Carla Cloud, of Aiken, narrates the play.

“It’s a very powerful show,” she said. “You see God’s church. Not a church, but the church coming together.”

Summers agreed.

“Even in rehearsals, you feel God’s presence,” she said. “That’s what people want – a place to encounter God. If they come and seek him, they will find him here.”


WHAT: An original Palm Sunday drama

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: River of Life Church, 1411 York St. NE, Aiken

LEARN MORE: (803) 648-4047

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Jane18 03/31/12 - 01:49 pm
"Multi-cultural"? Yes, I

"Multi-cultural"? Yes, I would say it is. Check out where the word easter came from. The one time it is used in the Bible is a mistranslation, the word is supposed to be PASSOVER!

howcanweknow 03/31/12 - 02:53 pm
You know, here it is Palm

You know, here it is Palm Sunday with Easter a week away. These events are the very core of Christianity. It's the heart of everything we believe and why we believe it.

The best the AC can do in the "Your Faith" section is to have lead stories a story about a church play or a golfer?

Nothing really substantial about what the crucifixion of Christ means, and why Christians focus on that event so much?

I know this is not just a "Christian" section, as all faiths must be represented -- Passover would be a great theme this week as well.

The articles published in the "Your Faith" section over the past month have been very generic and pretty light. Not much in terms of real information that folks might be interested in reading. Takes about 90 seconds to skim the pages for something really significant. Maybe we could do better?

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