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‘The Last Supper’ comes to life on local stage

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2013
Once again the public is being presented with a gift of “The Last Supper.” The moving dramatization of Da Vinci’s famous painting, introduced to the area by Francis and Pauline Decker 31 years ago, has been staged in Clarksville every three years since. For the first time, the sacred drama will be presented outside of Clarksville at The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, on Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30.

Many of the men who portray the disciples have filled their roles multiple times, but Charlie Simmons, as director, and Willard “Moose” Yeates have taken part in all previous presentations. Yeates remembers when he was asked to play the part of Judas in the first production: “I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to help out with the production but I really wasn’t thrilled about portraying Judas. Over the years I have become more comfortable with the role and now I wouldn’t trade with any of the others.”

Dramatization of famous paintings was a popular form of entertainment in the drawing rooms of the nineteenth century when attention to costuming detail and posing brought admiration from the audience. In “The Last Supper,” great care has been taken with the setting, costuming, and poses. However, unlike those earlier silent representations, the painting comes alive as each disciple breaks his pose and speaks as his character. describing his feelings when hearing Jesus say, “One of you will betray me.”

The only cast member not speaking, Lucas Glasscock, is seen as Jesus. Others who step out of the painting to speak are Leigh Felton, Mike Koch, Mike Cowley, Hugh Elliott, Kenny Carr, Joey Tucker, Steve Jones, Jerry Ramsey, Mike Haskett, Willard Yeates, Ronnie Owen and Richard Allen. New to the cast this year are Glasscock, Haskett and Carr.

Music adds to the sacred drama and the choir is made up of some of the best voices in the area, directed by Chris Jones, executive director of the Prizery in South Boston.

The Clarksville Community Players are proud to share this experience with the people of Halifax County this year, and there is no admission charge. This production is underwritten by Tri-County Gastroenterology of South Hill and Simmons & Associates Realty, Inc., in Clarksville. There are no reserved seats, but doors open at 7 p.m. prior to the 7:30 p.m. showing on Sunday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 26.




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