Assembly of God
Assembly stages The Miracle
Smith gears message
to contemporary crowd.
MADISON, Ind.(April 2003) - First Assembly of God will
present The Miracle... An Easter Celebration, at 6 p.m.
on Saturday, April 12, and at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 13. The drama
tells the story of a Jewish family caught up in the tension between
the Roman government and the occupied territories during the time of
Assembly of God produces
large-scale plays involving dozens
of cast and crew members.
The plot focuses on the emotional turmoil of Jacob, a
man torn between his faith and the urge to conform with a society calling
for the death of Christ. Although his disabled son, Nathan, is miraculously
healed, Jacob must face pressure from his brother-in-law to support
the crucifixion of the very one responsible for the miracle. The production
includes singing, acting and dancing, as well as traditional depictions
of the Lords supper, the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ.
The original drama was written by church member Karen Smith. Smith said
it was her intent to weave a story based on Biblical events that conveyed
a contemporary message. Everyone can identify with feeling that
they could have done better at some point in their lives, Smith
The Miracle is not Smiths first experience with dramatic
composition and direction. Smith is a graduate of Evangel University
in Springfield, Mo., where she majored in English and minored in drama
and French. She has taught both English and drama to high school students
and established the first drama program at an inner city school in Jackson,
Miss. She currently substitute teaches at Madison Consolidated High
In addition to teaching, Smith has also worked for a newspaper and is
a published author. Her credits include numerous newspaper and magazine
articles as well as an adolescent adventure novel, Danger Follows,
published by Journey Books in 1994.
Smith moved to Madison from Dayton, Ohio, two years ago with her husband,
Allan Smith, who is music minister at First Assembly. The Miracle,
one of two full-length dramas written by Smith, was first performed
several years ago at the church in Dayton where her husband was then
Smiths second drama, The Lion of Judah, which was
performed in Madison last year, also premiered in Dayton about four
years ago. In addition to The Miracle and The Lion
of Judah, Smith has written many other short skits and plays.
Smith said the plays are a way to present the Easter story to a generation
that is geared toward visual stimulation. Plus, its exciting and
fun. You just never know whats going to happen with a live
performance, Smith admitted.
Smith will direct more than 80 actors in First Assembly of Gods
presentation of The Miracle. The cast includes members of
both First Assembly of God and Disciples of Christ. Pastor Jim Cox of
Disciples of Christ will play the part of Jesus Christ.
Its a huge group of multi-talented individuals coming together
for one purpose, said First Assembly of God member Jan McCluggage
of Milton, Ky. McCluggage, who plays the role of an elderly Jewish lady
who is a believer in Christ, said that Smith is wonderful to work with
and tries to bring out the best in everyone. Shes very talented
and very patient, said McCluggage.
McCluggage said that her congregation is very fortunate to have the
talents of both Smith and her husband, Allan. Allan Smith, a published
songwriter and minister of music, selected the score for The Miracle
and will oversee musical and technical aspects of the production.
The public is invited to attend this years presentation of The
Miracle, at First Assembly of God located at 1636 Clifty Dr.
For more information call (812) 273-3129.
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