Eight churches involved in dramatic musical


BUCKHANNON — A local church will take people on a journey to the cross through music and drama during Holy Week.

The Way of Holiness is producing “Journey to the Cross,” a dramatic musical, March 29-31 at 7 p.m.

The large-scale production involves 106 people representing eight churches and several counties.

“Journey to the Cross” is an Easter dramatic musical that blends a mix of modern and biblical times, according to producer-director Tiffany Elliott.

“The goal is to tell the story of Jesus and God’s redemptive plan on the cross,” she said. “The musical is geared towards individuals who are searching for meaning in their life and to have an experience with Jesus.”

Rehearsals began in January with the choir on one night and the actors on a different night.

Elliott, who has worked with Buckhannon Community Theatre and other churches on past productions, reached out to other congregations for help.

“I’ve worked with a lot of the singers from other churches in the past through ministry,” she said. “We called some of the pastors and asked if people from their church would like to participate.”

Many answered the call.

Jesus is portrayed by Alex Rolenson.

“This is his second time portraying Jesus and he does an excellent job,” Elliott said. Along with the 56-member cast, the crew numbers 50 people itself that encompasses everything from set and lighting to ushers and parking attendants.

Crew members are putting the finishing touches on the backdrops and props this week, including a large-scale tree for the scene in which Zacchaeus climbs a sycamore tree.

“It’s our first attempt at building something this in-depth but we are making it happen,” she said.

In the dramatic music, a group of Christians are on their way to the cross to remember what Jesus did for them, according to Elliott.

“Along the way, they encounter others who they encourage to come to the cross with them,” she said.

Pam Hedrick, worship leader at The Way of Holiness Church, portrays one of the leading roles, along with Rhonda Edmond and Joe Canterbury.

“I play Georgia,” She said. “She is a Christian and a witness of the gospel of Jesus.”

Hedrick said the best part about being involved in “Journey to the Cross” has been seeing the many churches involved come together to “be a witness and reach out to the community.”

There is no admission for “Journey to the Cross.” The Way of Holiness Church is located at 2337 Old Weston Rd.

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