Even in its 25th year, the Roar of Love, a production of the Columbia County Ballet, offers new insights.
The ballet, choreographed by the school's director, Ron Jones, draws inspiration from The Chronicles of Narnia , the classic series written by C.S. Lewis.
"The older I get, the more I realize that the mercy of God is revealed here," Jones said. "It's a story of redemption."
The ballet, like the book, echoes the Easter story of the Bible.
"It's just become more real for me each year," Jones said.
It has for his students, too.
"This was the first production I ever saw," said Matthew Conway, a senior at Augusta Christian Schools. "I was drawn to it because the dance was great, but it's the story line that really got me."
He dances the role of Aslan, the lion, in this year's ballet.
"It's a story heavy in symbolism. Aslan is a symbol of Jesus Christ. In ballet, you're always focused on the dance, on how things look, but this is much more of a character than I usually play," he said. "It's difficult, especially in a lion's mask."
Matthew says most people find characters they can connect with, which brings the story to life.
"There's the character of Edward that I think tells the story well," he said. "He could be considered a bad person. He makes all these mistakes, and yet Aslan still comes to him and redeems him.
"That caught my eye and drew my heart to this story."
For all its parallels to Easter, the production's approach is subtle, said Jones, who attends New Hope Church of God with his wife, Kathleen.
"C.S. Lewis never beats you over the head with faith. He comes up under the carpet," he said. "You have an opportunity to look and see and decide for yourself."
The production itself offers plenty of visual interest, even for audience members familiar with the tale.
The show evolves from year to year. The costumes are refurbished, and scenery is revised. Dancers graduate to new roles. The music changes, too.
The choreography was built on the music of a Christian band, 2nd Chapter of Acts, which released an album called Roar of Love in the 1980s.
Jones has gone on to add classical works to the show and has built in additional characters to feature all of the school's 300 dancers.
Many start with the production as early as age 3, then perform every year in progressively advanced roles.
Like performances of The Nutcracker in winter, Roar of Love provides a unique opportunity for students every spring.
"It's extraordinary seeing them grow and mature," Jones said, "not just as dancers but also in their faith."