During the last supper, how did Judas respond to Jesus?
Did he separate himself from the group? Did he just play along?
If Jesus had gone to sit alone with him, how would Judas have responded?
These are just a couple of the questions that Kyle and I talked in circles about during our meeting today. In order to “block” the characters (assign their movements on the stage) Kyle and I really have to get inside their heads. Throughout the four years we have been doing this process, we’ve stumbled into many different dimensions of who these disciples could have been.
My favorite part of directing this show is making these historical figures come to life. After years of hearing this story, I love dusting these people off and giving them a voice. I also love that we don’t create the same people every year.
When studying these characters, we really rely on the lyrics they sing. This year, two-thirds of our songs are new to the show. You’ll experience this story through the eyes of Jesus’ closest friends . They’ll have a voice and a perspective that is rarely, if ever, shown in a Passion production.
The setting also plays a much more crucial part in this year’s story. We are really focusing on the political turmoil that was constant in these people’s lives.
I can’t help but admit that this story is also very driven by our actors! Admit it, you’re totally excited to see the warmth and love that Kevin will bring this year as our “ginger-Jesus!” In addition, we have a Judas who literally ROCKS, a Mary with a resume impressive enough to make Kyle and I blush, and Mathieu Burton returning to play an entirely different kind of character. Siobhan again plays a strong female lead. This time, she’ll be the strength of the group…and in fabulous shoes as always!
Kyle and I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you’ve shown us and the entire team this year. We feel the congregation is supporting us more than ever before. If you’re not involved yet, and would like to be, we certainly have a place for you. We really want this church family to remember that this show belongs to all of us.
If you have a friend or family member who you’ve been wanting to invite to church, this show will be the perfect opportunity!