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Mountainside students present play

SCHROON LAKE Mountainside Christian Academys, spring play, The Lower Room, moved many in the audience to tears. The play written by Pat Wooley is an Easter drama in two acts. It is an imaginative interpretation of what might have been occurring downstairs while Jesus and his disciples met in the upper room for their celebration of the Passover, commonly referred to as the last supper. The cast is primarily made up of women. They represent Mary Magdalene, a young woman healed of a psychotic illness, by Jesus; Mary of Jerusalem, the mother of John Mark; Rhoda, a servant girl; Salome, the wife of Zebedee and the mother of the disciples, James and John; Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus and friends to Jesus; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herods steward; Mary, the mother of Jesus; the other Mary mentioned at the cross and the tomb. The men represented in the play are John Mark, the author of the gospel of Mark and Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus. The experienced cast members paid careful attention to facial expression, body language and tone of voice and this allowed the characters to take on a life of their own. Each year the drama students under the direction of Jennifer Bensen, choose a different genre of play acting. This year, the rotation fell to a Biblical drama, other literary styles have included in the rotation are comedies, musicals, dramas and mysteries.

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