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Latest uploaded script revision: 3.24.19

2.13.19 revision: I added a cover page and renumbered lines for the disciple’s 8 voice soliloquy.


2019 Acts/Scenes with 2018 Video Footage

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The following Acts and Scenes are set for the 2019 production. A collection of video scenes from the 2018 production is highlighted below. Click on the highlighted scene label to view a scene from 2018. The notes below the Act/Scene title will advise if that scene is new for 2019, will remain the same as 2018, or if changes have been made for 2019.

PROLOGUE: THE GREATEST ENCOUNTER (via dolorosa) (ascension)

NEW SCENE. Selection: They Didn’t Know (Via Dolorosa). Lead: Terilyn Hoke (choreographed). The Ascension (performed as selection is concluding without previous dialogue).

CHANGES: (Flow of the new scene/prologue):

Ø  Curtain opens

Ø  Tomb pre-positioned stage left

Ø  Selection: They Didn’t Know

Ø  Choreography begins

Ø  Dancers emerge using steps back of platform

Ø  Jesus attached to harness for ascension back floor of platform

Ø  On cue Jesus ascends steps, stands center stage

Ø  On cue Jesus begins ascension

Ø  Selection concludes

Ø  Curtain closes

Soliloquy: Invitation to An Encounter (still a part of Prologue):

o   Two speakers entering from left & right alcoves meet center stage begin soliloquy

o   Exit left and right alcoves

Act I Scene I A KINGDOM ENCOUNTER (Jesus Teaches the Multitude)

SCENE CHANGES. Selection: We Declare the Kingdom of GOD/This Man Be Stopped Soliloquy (performed within scene): The Cure for Hatred Soliloquy: Do It Again (8 Voices)

CHANGES:

Ø  Scene proceeds per usual

Ø  End of selection as cast and disciples turn inward toward Jesus, 8 disciples who perform 8 voice soliloquy turn in reverse, move downstage, clearing curtain

Ø  Disciples freeze until curtain fully closes

Ø  Soliloquy begins

Ø  At conclusion 4 exit left, 4 exit right

Act I Scene II A DELIVERANCE ENCOUNTER (The Trilogy)

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selection: The Heavens Are Telling

Act I – Scene III A PROPHETIC ENCOUNTER (The Great Revelation)

SCENE CHANGES. Selection: Upon This Rock Lead: Walter Owens

CHANGES:

Ø  Disciples pre-positioned

Ø  On cue 1st disciple narrative

Ø  Jesus enters scene; speaks

Ø  On cue 2nd disciple narrative

Ø  Peter speaks

Ø  Scene proceeds and concludes per usual

Act I – Scene IV A LOVE ENCOUNTER (Peter Walks on Water)

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selection: Love Lifted Me (A. Thomas Hill)

Act I – Scene V A RESURRECTION ENCOUNTER (Raising of Lazarus)

SCENE CHANGES. Selection: Mary Don’t You Weep Lead: Pastor Randall Shepherd

CHANGES:

Ø  Scene opens per usual

Ø  Disciple Thomas’ last line “Oh well, let us go also, so that we may die with him”

Ø  As disciples and Jesus exit stage right alcove Dr. Yancy enters from stage left alcove

Ø  Dr. Yancy speaks as he clears interpreter station; “LAZARUS IS DEAD!”

Ø  Continues soliloquy

Ø  Curtain opens on line “MEET LAZARUS!”

Ø  Soliloquy concludes, Dr. Yancy enters scene and exits stage left

Ø  Intro to selection begins “Oh Mary”

Ø  Soloist platform stage right begins

Ø  Scene proceeds per usual and concludes

Act I – Scene VI A TRIUMPHAL ENCOUNTER (TRIUMPHAL ENTRY)

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selections: Victory Chant (A. Thomas Hill) Celebrate the King (Anthony Bowman)

INTERMISSION (20 Minutes)

Act II – Scene I THE PASSOVER ENCOUNTER (tHE PASSOVER)

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selection: There is a Fountain Selection: Drink the Wine (Walter Owens)

Soliloquy: A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER (Pam Yancy)

Act II – Scene II THE GETHSEMANE ENCOUNTER (GETHSEMANE)

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selection: Don’t Cry for Me (Gina Nelson) Soliloquy: Judas (Vincent Brown) Selection: For God So Loved the World (chorus only)

Act II – Scene III PILATE’S ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS (JESUS BEFORE PILATE)

SCENE CHANGES. Selection: Torn Lead: Eric Yancy & Gina Nelson

CHANGES:

Ø  Scene begins in front of curtain

Ø  Pilate enters from stage right alcove with

Ø  2 soldiers, 2 Rabbis all move center stage

Ø  1 soldier on either side of Pilate

Ø  Rabbis stand at a short distance

Ø  Pilate begins; “Is he the one you say…”

Ø  Exchange made with crowd & Rabbis

Ø  On cue curtain opens

Ø  Pilate and entourage enter scene

Ø  Pre-positioned are 2 additional soldiers, head centurion, servant girls (positioned on steps)

Ø  Scene resumes and concludes

Ø  After Pilate’s final line; “I wash my hands of this man’s blood…” all freeze

Ø  Soloist (Sharon Moore) begins selection “Calvary” offstage left

Act II – Scene IV THE CALVARY ENCOUNTER (CALVARY)

SCENE CHANGES. Selection: Calvary Lead: Sharon Moore Choreographed (UTR Dancers) Selection: It Should Have Been Me Lead: Pastor A. Thomas Hill Call to Discipleship (performed during It Should Have Been Me)

CHANGES:

Ø  Soloist walks into Pilate scene singing

Ø  Soloist proceeds downstage clearing curtain (opt: holding a lantern)

Ø  Select dancers carrying lanterns join soloist on stage at a distance – 2 left, 2 right of soloist

Ø  Thieves pre-positioned on cross

Ø  TBD whether other dancers are on other side of curtain when opened

Ø  On cue curtain opens

Ø  Scrim in with fog

Ø  Jesus led in and laid on cross

Ø  Soloist: “Can’t you hear the hammers ringing (hammering sound effects)

Ø  On cue cross is lifted with Jesus on it

Ø  Soloist: “Can’t you hear Him calling His Father….” (music stops Jesus calls out “My GOD my GOD, why have you forsaken me?”)

Ø  Soloist resumes and concludes

Ø  Jesus speaks final two line: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit!  IT IS FINISHED!”

Ø  Lightning and thunder effects

Ø  Peter enters.

Ø  Peter, dancers, and Soloist cross

Ø  Peter selection It Should Have Been Me

Ø  During this selection “Call to Discipleship” will occur

Act II Scene V THE FINAL ENCOUNTER DEATH HELL GRAVE

SCENE REMAINS SAME. Selection: (New): The Jesus Encounter (Written by A. Thomas Hill)

CURTAIN CALL

The following scenes have been removed fROM the 2019 production:

PETER DENIES CHRIST

PROLOGUE (2018)

NOTE: A NEW PROLOGUE CREATED FOR 2019; TO INCLUDE THE ASCENSION

ASCENSION (WITH DIALOGUE)

NOTE: THE ASCENSION WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE OPENING 2019 PROLOGUE WITHOUT DIALOGUE