FBC to host special event

Published 11:20 pm Monday, April 11, 2011

Selma artist Jean Pearson, Jane and Ray Burdeshaw discuss plans for an area of the church to be decorated as the tomb of Jesus, part of First Baptist Church production of “Joy Comes in the Morning” set for Sunday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. -- Rick Couch

The efforts of more than 100 people will come to fruition Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Selma when the church presents “Joy Comes in the Morning.”

For the past week, volunteer workers have concentrated their full efforts in converting the church into different sets highlighting the final days of Jesus.

The project, which is being overseen by Minister of Music Ray Burdeshaw and his wife, Jane, has taken a lot of work. But, Ray said, members of the church have been more than willing to step up.

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“We have been working on this since January and there will be a total of 107 people involved,” he said. “I think it is phenomenal what we are going to be able to do with all these volunteers.”

The play will include a living replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and lots of scenery put together by local artist Jean Pearson.

The process of getting everything together has been a joy in itself, Jane said.

“The people have just been awesome,” she said. “We have found the people to be eager in everything we have done from designing wigs and working on the sound to the artists working on the tomb.”

The presentation will give an account of the week before Jesus’ crucifixion. The tragic events from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper will be presented, Ray said.

The production also includes the self-destruction of Judas, the collapse of the faith of Peter and the quiet sorrow of Mary, Jane said.

The public is invited and encouraged to arrive early.