Assembly of God

First Assembly stages ‘The Miracle’

Playwriter Smith gears message
to contemporary crowd.

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

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 Christ.

Bill Wepler

Photo provided

First 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 depiction’s of the Lord’s 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 said.
“The Miracle” is not Smith’s 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 School.
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 music minister.
Smith’s 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, it’s exciting and fun. “You just never know what’s going to happen with a live performance,” Smith admitted.
Smith will direct more than 80 actors in First Assembly of God’s 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.
“It’s 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. “She’s 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 year’s 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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