The next presentation of this triennial worship service will be in 2018. (Admission is free. Child care will be available.) Click here to see The Last Supper facebook page.
“The Last Supper” is a living dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting. Just as in Leonardo’s famous painting, this vivid tableau by Ernest K. Emurian portrays the moment when Jesus tells His disciples one of them will betray Him. During the program the disciples “come alive” and describe their thoughts and feelings on hearing Jesus’ startling words. The service also includes special music by the Chancel Choir.
2015 marks the eighteenth time the church will present the tableau. The first occasion was in 1961, and it was sponsored by the Women of the Church (WOC). The Church History for that year describes the setting as one of “unbelievable beauty and realism.” The event received such a good response that the church presented it annually through 1964.
They revived “The Last Supper” in 1969 and then again in 1977 in the church’s new sanctuary. Thereafter, members of the church and community have enjoyed this stirring drama every three years, except for a break between 2004 and 2009. In 1993 a new set and new costumes and wigs added even greater realism in recreating the original painting. Recent audiences of the presentation have been at or near the capacity of the sanctuary.
The cast members are all current or former members of the church. Many more behind-the-scenes folks help with the directing, set, costumes, wigs, makeup, setting the table, coordinating child care, preparing the cast’s supper, and helping in a variety of ways.
First Presbyterian warmly invites the community to enjoy this very special worship presentation.