The spectacle of Southeast Christian’s Easter Pageant is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. The production values rival (if not surpass) that of most Broadway musicals; and with seating for over 7,500 patrons, the venue itself is something to behold.
The story begins over 2,000 years ago when an angel visits a young virgin girl named Mary. The angel tells Mary that she is going to give birth to…
Well, I’ll stop there. I don’t want to give away the plot.
Enter hundreds of actors, including one amazingly calm infant, a plethora of farm animals, fire, water, explosions, trained doves, flying people, a live orchestra, and a camel.
Staging a production on this scale requires only slightly less of a miracle than those performed by the main character, but the cast, and especially the crew, have succeeded. Hats off to what must be the most highly organized and effective stage management, costume, props and tech crews to hit the western hemisphere.
The story itself weaves dramatic and emotional turmoil with a touch of 21st century humor. With no intermission, the just-over two hour production could stand to be trimmed a bit. Some of the moments moved a touch slow; a few of the songs were a verse too long. Other moments, however, were worth every second, namely the spectacular entrance of the three kings and a touchingly poignant moment during Watch the Lamb.
If you go, and you definitely should go, get tickets on the second level. From my seat on the side of the main floor, I would have missed a good chunk of the action had it not been for the huge monitor near the ceiling. Though I was able to keep up with the story, I left with quite a sore neck.
The Easter Pageant runs now through April 1st, with daily shows at 7:30pm (excluding Saturdays). Tickets range in price from $9.00-$16.00 and can be purchased online or over the phone at 888-900-4588.
The cast and crew of Southeast Christian’s Easter Pageant do an amazing job with an amazing story. If you’ve never been, don’t miss out on this Louisville tradition. In its’ final year, the Easter Pageant is an event not to be missed.
Image: Courtesy of Southeast Christian Church