- March 24, 2016
-- Local residents Paul Somers, Ruth Ross, Mark Hatheway, Elaine Sciascia, Dom Mercurio, Bonnie Mullen, members of First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield, are involved in bringing back the Passion Play. This year's production "He's Alive!
" will be presented in the church sanctuary On March 24 and 25, 2016. Jo Lynn Foster is co-directing with Angelique Toroni. Paul Somers has been attending First Parish for over 25 years and played various characters in the past performances over the years. He enjoys being a part of the Passion Play for the camaraderie. This year he is portraying Judas and to him this play "brings the New Testament to life." Ruth Ross has been a member of First Parish since 1992 and is involved in many of the ministries and outreach committees. She is portraying Mary, mother of Jesus and to her being a part of the play is for the outreach, "to be a part of our outreach beyond our church along with my church family, my brothers and sisters and to convey His message to the community about something not only in my life but in the lives of so many." Bonnie Mullen is portraying the Women at the Well. Mullen had attended First Parish Congregational Church as a child and then became a member in 2009. She's been involved with many outreach committees such as the Holiday Fair and ministries such as the Passion Play. For her, involvement in the Passion Play "makes me think of Mark 16:15 'Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone,' something that I am not very good at but being in the Play allows me to share this great story in a small way. It also gives me the opportunity to give back to First Parish for the many blessings I have received from being a member at First Parish." Dom Mercurio is portraying Pontius Pilat, Elaine Sciascia is portraying Mary of Bethany and Mark Hatheway is portraying Jesus. This year's new script parallels the Easter story with the story of a mother and daughter dealing with grief. "People are encouraged to come see this year's play because it's a wonderful portrayal of how the struggles in the days of Jesus are very much the same as the struggles we have in this world today," stated Foster.
The performances are free, presented for Wakefield residents and those in its surrounding communities, for those who know the story well or for those who have never heard it and in the words of Ruth Ross "Jesus truly makes all things new, even us. If by coming to this presentation it brings one person to Christ, it would have been worth it." Amen.About The Passion Play
"He's Alive!" will be presented in the First Parish Congregational Church on Thursday, March 24, and Good Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. There will be child care available.About First Parish Congregational Church
- FPCC is the large stone church on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA visit http://www.fpccwakefield.com
First Parish Congregational Church