PLAINVIEW – The Drama Team of Wayland Baptist University’s Baptist Student Ministries will present the play “This Man Jesus” in recognition of Passion Week, celebrated at Wayland the week of Good Friday.
The play will be performed on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Student Ministry Activity Center, located at 810 Utica, in the auditorium. The production will then be repeated on Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. during the university’s weekly chapel service held in Harral Auditorium. The public is invited to both performances and no admission will be charged.
According to Britany Lewis, WBU senior and director of the drama team, the play features 16 people from the Bible who met Jesus at some point during his life on earth. The characters range from the more well-known, such as the Roman soldier who nailed Jesus to the cross and Lazarus, the man raised from the dead, to the bystanders, including the woman with a blood disorder healed by Jesus.
Written by Cheryl Taylor, the play features the following Wayland: Josh Smith as Jesus and as Lazarus; Trae Sweatt as Pilate, Tamara Haney as the woman caught in adultery; Johnathan Jimmerson as a Roman soldier; Matt McCabe as the soldier who nailed Jesus to the cross; Jeff Raines as Simon of Cyrene and as Peter; Tia Maxwell as Mary, the mother of Jesus; Bekah Jackson as the woman with the blood disorder; Marci Street as Martha; Katie Trimble as Mary; Amber Sutton as Abigail; Ariel Smeaton as Mary Magdalene; Brittany Watson as Salome; Sarah Medley as Mary, the mother of James.
In addition to the play, the Tuesday evening performance will include vocal music specials by cast members Sweatt, Smeaton, Watson and Sutton as well as Crystal Holloway. A mime presentation will be included, along with the reading of the names of God.
According to Lewis, who serves on the BSM Leadership Team, the production is a change from the Passion Week schedule of years past.
“We really wanted to do something with our drama team, and [BSM Director Donnie Brown] and I talked about doing a production this week instead of having a special speaker come in,” she said. “We found a great script and everything else just came together.”
Lewis said she hopes the play or similar productions become an annual tradition for Passion Week. The remainder of the week’s activities include the Wayland worship service on Monday evenings, Plumbline, also held in the Student Ministry Center at 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to share in all events.