‘Touching’ resurrection story‘

2015-10-06 06:00
David de Villiers (from Stellenbosch), Kevin Thyssen (from Belhar) and Mark Risk (from Ronde­bosch) in a scene from He’s Alive.

David de Villiers (from Stellenbosch), Kevin Thyssen (from Belhar) and Mark Risk (from Ronde­bosch) in a scene from He’s Alive.

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Passion Play Ministries will be bringing the story of the resurrection to Artscape Theatre this week.

Passionext – He’s Alive is a dramatic representation of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and will be on stage at Artscape from Thursday to Sunday with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 14:30.

Passion Play Ministries International (PPMI) is a non-profit volunteer organisation and this “international celebration” presentation of He’s Alive will include a team of four international actors sharing the role of Christ, supported by an international ensemble of musicians and vocalists.

The play is directed by Bronwyne Scott, a theatre veteran with 40 years’ experience. She works with volunteers ranging from babies to octogenarians – even if they have no experience of drama and singing. She has been directing this production annually since its inception in Cape Town 18 years ago.

Melvyn Abrahams of Belhar is the chairperson of the Cape Town PPMI board and also plays the role of Jesus. Disciple Peter is played by Alex Marais from Boston Estate, while Ricardo Johns of Northpine plays disciple John.

Mark Risk from Rondebosch plays the role of Caiaphas and Morne Louw from Durbanville plays the part of Pilate. Nicodemus is played by Rodger Wood of Pinelands while Mary, the mother of Jesus is portrayed by Karen Mouton from Table View, alternating with Miriam Kleynhans from Belhar.

They are supported by some 100 local amateur performers from all walks of life.

“This drama touches lives. People simply come and watch and their lives are forever changed as they witness in drama the awesomeness of God’s love and forgiveness,” Bronwyne says.V

Entry to the performances at Artscape from Thursday to Sunday is free, although any donation is welcome. To regulate seating, tickets will be issued at the door one hour before each performance. Evening performances start at 20:00.

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