On April 9 at 7 p.m. Woodlawn United Methodist Church will hold “The Leonardo da Vinci’s: The Last Supper”, a living drama by Earnest K. Emurian of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the last supper. The photo strives to capture the Master’s “One of you will betray me” story in the Bible during Jesus’ final days as narrated in John 13:21.
Throughout the reenactment, disciples will express thoughts that may have been theirs during this event in the Bible. Each of them looks at Jesus and asks, “Is it I, that is going to betray you?”
Anne Elliott, one of the directors for this year’s reenactment, said that the church has done this reenactment before, but it’s been about five years.
“We just asked for volunteers in the church and they were given lines to learn,” Elliott said.
Volunteers make up the 12 apostles and Jesus, with a total of 13 actors. But it takes more than that to get the ball rolling. Elliott said, besides the two directors, herself and Suzanna McClung, they have volunteers for the makeup and the costumes.
“There are a lot of other people involved. We have the costumes and what we don’t have, Donna Fleshman makes. She tries to fit everybody into what we have and has to make some too.”
The church decided to do the reenactment again this year after a 2009 planning retreat last September.
“We are hoping to have people, not only our members, but in our surrounding neighborhoods come out,” Elliott said. “It’s very meaningful and powerful. There is a lot to memorize and some of the men are even growing beards for it.”
The reenactment will last about an hour to an hour and a half and it’s free to the public. After the reenactment, communion will follow.
Woodlawn United Methodist is located at 2922 Corbieshaw Road. For more information contact 540-774-8126 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.