Last night was another packed house with people from all over the area, state and other parts of the country. People from different walks of life and faith filtered into the building to witness the last moments of Christ's life on display. They were hungry, hurting and hopeful and they didn't leave disappointed. Today, though, I want to focus on some of the cast members and what God has done for them already in this production as well as a group that I have yet to highlight.
We put on the first official Above All performance last night and it was an amazing and powerful experience. Two thousand people poured into the Pentecostals of Alexandria to witness the Last Days of Jesus Christ's life. They expected to be entertained, moved and even blessed. For a number of them, though, something greater than they could have ever expected occurred. Let's get to it with the recap.
Last night, we welcomed people from recovery centers from all over the area. They came with hurts, habits, and hangups. They left with a great opportunity for a fresh start. Today we recap what happened both during and after the performance.
Last night, Above All kicked off performance season with a benefit for nursing homes, special needs and the Youth Challenge Program. It was a rewarding experience to bless those who so many have forgotten. Today, we recap the experience and how it is nuanced from a regular performance
Our Fourth Podcast is up for Above All. We recap FDR week, look forward to the performances and recap the Sunday Come to the Table service. Enjoy.
Last night was the last of four FDRs in a row and I could definitely feel it this morning. The reward of getting to be a part of this phenomenal project is definitely getting tried the physical and mental exhaustion that comes with preparing for it. Nonetheless, our troupe soldiered on to get the kinks ironed out before performances next week. We still have a full day of practices on Saturday, which we'll have a special audio recap for, but his will be the last of FDR written recaps. Starting next week, we'll have Performance recaps for each night Above All is performed. Now that we've got those announcements out of the way (one last one at the end of this article, btw), let's get to the recap
Last night, I saw somebody reacting in our practices that convicted me. Today, I want to take a step back from the cast and focus on this individual. This person is not a cast or crew member, but he is the primary reason we are able to perform this production. With his passion for souls and outreach, he has led POA for nearly 40 years. It is that passion that urged our church back into Easter performances and the birth of Above All. Our subject today is Pastor Anthony Mangun.
Above All FDR night two got off to a fast start and rolled relatively smoothly to the finish. Were there a few hiccups? Yes. Did we have to stop and restart any scenes? No. That's really unheard of for the 2nd night of FDRs in either Messiah or Above All. It speaks to the preparation and detail given by the directors, stage crew and leaders in the previous month to get us to this point. It also speaks to the cast's willingness to be a mold-able unit. Today, we look at some more members of the cast and crew to help highlight what makes Above All so awesome. WARNING! Spoilers ahead.
We started Full Dress Rehearsals (FDR) on Saturday, but that day was mostly designed to benefit the tech crew in getting the scenes and pacing of the production lined out. As a result, it really didn't feel like a true run through of Above All. Don't get me wrong, it was still beneficial and we definitely felt like it was an all day practice the next day. However, the feel of an FDR is far different than anything else you go through. It's intense with its focus, frustrating with its stop and go nature and rewarding with how it brings us all together as a cast. Monday revealed a little bit of all of that as we started on this week long road of FDRs. Click on the read more button to get the full recap of FDR 1.
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