BUMC hosts drama based on ‘The Last Supper’

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Brundidge United Methodist Church will present the Easter drama “The Last Supper” at 7 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. The public is invited.

“The Last Supper,” a drama based on the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci (1496-1498), portrays the reaction given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him. All 12 apostles have different reactions to the news, with various degrees of anger and shock.

This will be the fourth time “The Last Supper” has been presented at BUMC.

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“The first time was in 1954 and it wasn’t performed again until 2001 and 2002,” said the Rev. Jimmie Spikes, director of the last three dramas. “The drama was written by Ernest Emuria and based on Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ and the scripture found in Mark 14:12-19 where the disciples’ response to Jesus, when He told them that one of them would betray him, was ‘Is it I? Is it I?’”

Spikes said the painting contains several references to the number three, which represents the Christian belief in the Holy Trinity.

There are three windows behind Jesus. The shape of Jesus’ figure resembles a triangle and the apostles are depicted in four groups of three.

Bartholomew, James the son of Alphaeus and Andrew are the first group of three and all are surprised to hear Jesus say that one of them will betray him, Spikes said.

Judas Iscariot, Peter and John form another group of three.

Judas is wearing green and blue and is in shadow, looking rather withdrawn and taken aback by the sudden revelation of his plan. His head is also horizontally the lowest of anyone in the painting.

Peter looks angry and is holding a knife pointed away from Christ, perhaps foreshadowing his violent reaction in Gethsemane during Jesus’ arrest. The youngest apostle, John, appears to swoon.

Thomas, James the Greater and Phillip are the next group.

Thomas is clearly upset; James looks stunned and Phillip appears to be requesting some explanation.

Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon make up the last group.

Thaddeus and Matthew are facing Simon as if looking to him for answers.

The cast members of “The Last Supper” are Eddie Powell, as Jesus; Lawrence Bowden, Matthew; Joey Strother, Peter; Billy Hixon, James the son of Alphaeus; Michael Lawler, Bartholomew; Les Jackson, James; Larry Webb, Andrew; Chad Copeland, Thomas; Hank Strother, Thaddeus; Ty Tyson, Phillip; Mike Tatom, John; and Max Bundy, Simon.

“The Last Supper” is an opportunity for a personal growth experience,” Spikes said. “It is a deeply meaningful worship experience and brings about a greater understanding of each of the disciples and their relationship to Jesus.”

At the close of the service, the congregation will be invited to take Holy Communion with the disciples.