Last Supper' retold in drama at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist

By Staff
FROM THE LIVING LAST SUPPER' Cast members for "The Living Last Supper" rehearse their production, which they will stage at 6 p.m. Sunday at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church. Standing, from the left, is Jimmy Slay as Nathaniel and Al Brown as Peter. Sitting, from the left, is Willie Greer Jr. as John, Rodge Hodgins as Jesus and John Eakes as Judas. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Ida Brown / religion editor
March 23, 2002
In 1494, Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by the Duke of Milan to decorate the dining room of the covenant church, which was the favorite shrine of the duke's young bride.
As an appropriate theme for the dining room, da Vinci chose The Last Supper. The painting was not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the original scene as it had taken place in first century Palestine. It was intended to depict the event as it might have in 15th century Italy.
The artist chose what he considered the most dramatic moment of the Last Supper the 12 apostles in deep thought and discussion in response to Jesus' assertion: "One of you will betray me."
On Sunday, 13 members of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church will recreate the world-famous painting in the living dramatization, "The Living Last Supper." The performance will be at 6 p.m.
Directed by Diane Toms, the presentation will mark the beginning of the church's celebration of Holy Week. The one-hour production will be interspersed with music and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.
Toms describes the drama as "a very moving production."
Making up the cast are: Rodge Hodgins, Jesus; Jimmy Slay, Nathaniel; Aubry Linton, Matthew; Eric Bridges, James the Less; Dean Tolbird, James; Bryan Seal, Andrew; John Eakes, Judas; Wayne Eason, Phillip; Ernie Daniels, Thaddeus; John Perry, Thomas; Willie Greer Jr., John; T.C. Colvin, Simon the Zealot; and Al Brown, Peter.
Also scheduled as part of the church's Holy Week observance is "30 Pieces of Silver," a monologue of Judas Iscariot. The program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Both productions are open to the public; admission is free. Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church is at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive. The Rev. Dr. Thad Moore is pastor.

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