“The Promise” chronicles the life of Jesus from his birth, through his ministry, to his death and finally to his resurrection.
During Palm Sunday weekend, God’s Power & Light Company (GP&L), a religious based theatre group who have been performing at The Everett Theatre in Middletown for almost 30 years, will present “The Promise,” a show chronicling the life of Jesus from his birth, through his ministry, to his death, and finally to his resurrection.
The story of Jesus is told through the New Testament gospels, and includes many songs and dance numbers, including songs from noted Christian songwriters Gloria Gaither and Sandi Patti. All of the well-known New Testament people are represented in the show, including Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha, Nicodemus, Herod, Pontius Pilate, and Jesus’s 12 disciples. The show also dramatically re-tells various moments from Jesus’s life including the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion.
For some in the cast, playing specific religious characters has had a deep impact. Glenn Guyer, who among others plays the apostle Peter, notes, “I couldn't imagine the angst that Peter must have gone through denying his Lord three times, especially after Jesus told him that's exactly what was going to happen as Peter vehemently denied it would.” Cindy Baird, who portrays Mary, the mother of Jesus, says she is moved by thinking how Mary must have felt watching her son having to go through His trials and crucifixion.
Seven-year old Bealey Cate White portrays Hannah, one of the granddaughters of the narrator in the show. She says she is enjoying “The Promise” because she “gets to help tell the story of Jesus. Plus, I get to be on stage with my dad, who is also in the show.”
GP&L is excited to bring a live Easter pageant to the Everett during Palm Sunday weekend, as it allows their actors and actresses to give their talents to spreading what they believe to be the good news of Jesus. Says Baird, “When things may not be going smoothly during rehearsal I remind myself the real reason we are doing this show, especially in light of Easter being shortly upon us.”
“The Promise” is directed by veteran GP&L member Cheryl Shields, and the musical director is Bill Jenkins.
It will be performed at The Everett Theatre April 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and are $14 for adults and $8 for those 17 and under.