Metropolitan choir presenting ‘A Man Called Jesus’ on Easter

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 19, 2003

Thomas L. Hall, trustee, will be making his sixth appearance in the sixth annual production of a drama, &uot;A Man Called Jesus.&uot; This event will take place at 6 p.m. Easter Sunday in Metropolitan Baptist Church, 125 County St. The church’s Mass Choir is the sponsor.

Last year new scenes that were added brought hundreds of citizens to witness miracles of our Lord through the character of Hall. He was selected to play this starring role because of his resemblance to how people Jesus.

The play will be narrated by Margaret M. Higgs, former educator with Suffolk Public Schools. The production is under the direction of Arvis L. Saunders with music by the Mass Choir. The choir is under the direction of Thurman Murphy, the minister of music and organist of the church.

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Saunders said that the purpose of producing this play is to reach out and touch the lost lives of those who do not know &uot;A Man Called Jesus.&uot;

The cast includes all members of the church. Realistic objects are also included to make the play more real, including the three heavy wooden crosses that Jesus and the thieves were crucified on.

The production will be presented in five acts beginning with &uot;The Miracles of Jesus,&uot; &uot;The Trial of Jesus,&uot; &uot;The Last Supper,&uot; &uot;The Crucifixion of Christ,&uot; and &uot;The Resurrection of Christ.&uot;

Saunders said that the play has been consecrated and that they have had over 20 new cast members to join the production this year. She said that they are also seeking to present it in a larger auditorium because it draws such large crowds. According to Saunders, since 1997 over 4,500 people have traveled

from many cities in the Tidewater area and as far as Richmond and Maryland to see it.

Dr. Robert Hobbs is the pastor.