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About the Director, Author/Composer and Cast

Director: Leroy Nienow Author/Composer: Dennis O'Donnell
The Cast
Michael Fox: Elder Apostle John
Kjerstin Cunnington: John as a boy
(private) James as a boy
Becca Gellman: Rebecca
Monica Ballard: Mama *and* Blind Woman
Bill Phillips: Papa *and* Temple Priest
Leroy Nienow: Caiaphas
Les Best: Jesus *and* Pontius Pilate
Carnie Littlefield: John as a young disciple
Dale Dye: James as a young disciple
Jim Ballard: Simon Peter
Jill Blackwood: Mary Magdelene
  
 
About the Musical

"For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians, and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to com in to your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.
It is of profound significance that the only command God ever gave specifically to be observed "as an ordinance... forever" was the Passover. While it may be understood that Gods Laws are all "eternal", He found it important to "spell it out" in regards to the observation of the Passover. In common Jewish teachings, this meant the Passover should be observed even after the Messiah had come.
Sadly enough, probably the majority of Christians in the world have no idea what the event often called "The Last Supper" really was. "The Last Supper" is most often though of as something of a "farewell gathering" that Jesus decided to have on the eve of His crucifixion. It is seen as the "first" of future "communions" which we are to share, and the bread and wine shared in that "farewell gathering" take on a mystical symbolism, even to the point that they are considered by many to be the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ.
"The Last Supper" was, in fact, a Jewish Seder - the comemoration of the Passover. For more than a thousand years before the night that Jesus and His disciples gathered in the upper room, Israel had celebrated their freedom from Egypt in the way God had commanded, partaking of unleavened bread and wine, and eating of the Passover lamb which had shed its blood that they might be spared from Judgement. The institution of the Passover was, in itself, perhaps the single most important prophesy pointing to the coming of the Messiah, and God had Israel rehearse the event more than a thousand times in preparation.
The purpose of the musical "The Passover" is to glorify God, to share the message of the Gospel, and to enlighten, educate and edify those that are already believers in Jesus Christ. While having a "perfect knowledge" of what actually transpired in the Upper Room is, in itself, not of critical significance in terms of receiving Gods salvation, understanding what "The Last Supper" was really about can only deepen our understanding of Gods love, His provision, His eternal plan of salvation and redemption for us. From it's very-Jewish standpoints, the musical can be eye-opening, especially in terms of how God had specificaly designed events in history to point to His ultimate Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ.
The music of "The Passover" is timeless, like it's message. It is not "trendy", and most certainly is not destined for the "pop charts". But for this reason, "The Passover" endures. It can be aired on radio stations or presented by churches year after year, and never lose it's relevance (nor it's charm), because it's relevance is not dependant on "trends". For this reason, the vision for The Passover is long-term.

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Commemorating "The Passover" through Musical Drama

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