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‘The Seven Last Words’ at High Sierra Fellowship

by Caryn Haller
Gabe Poole as John the Apostle and Amy McGhee as Mary the mother of Chris.t
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Frustration from not being able to find toy lambs led to inspiration for resident Jennifer Blythe.

Blythe is the director of High Sierra Fellowship’s Easter drama.

“The Last Seven Words” will be presented 7 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday at the church,1701 Lucerne in Minden.

“I’ve been looking for little model lambs for Easter, and you can’t find them anywhere because everything in bunnies,” Blythe said. “Easter to the world is bunnies, but it’s not. It’s about Jesus. Even those of us who go to church don’t spend enough time thinking about what really happened on the cross and what a difference Jesus made in the world.”

The play features seven witnesses to Jesus’ life before, during and after His crucifixion, and how what he did or said affected them.

Monologues are heard from the woman caught in adultery whom Jesus forgave, Joseph of Arimathea who believed Jesus was the son of God, but said nothing, Jesus’ mother, Mary, and the disciple John, Simon of Cyrene who carried Jesus’ cross, the woman at the well, Caiaphas the high priest and the centurion standing guard at the cross.

“The person playing the woman at the well is in her 70s, and after she read the script said, ‘I want to do her. This is my life. She speaks for me,’” Blythe said. “I want people to think about these things, and not make Easter about Sunday church and Sunday dinner. That’s my heart.”

In between each monologue the High Sierra worship team and choir will sing a song.

The entire drama is lit by candlelight with one candle being extinguished after each monologue.

Tickets are free, but must be ordered in advance by calling Blythe at 782-7486. Leave a message if she doesn’t answer.