“The Promise,” a Biblical drama about the life of Jesus Christ, will be presented for the Easter season March 4-13 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.
“The Promise,” which features a cast and crew of 70 actors, singers and technicians from 12 local church congregations, is somewhat different from the diner-themed production that has been presented in previous years.
“A grandfather tells the story to his grandchildren, and they interact with the Biblical characters,” said Ron Hanson, producer of the show. “The grandfather and the kids are in the present time, and they tell the story in a family-friendly manner.”
Although the musical production is largely family-friendly, Hanson cautioned the crucifixion scene might be too strong for younger children.
The production includes an off-stage choir and professional-quality lighting and staging. The stage is so large it extends 15 feet into the sanctuary.
Work on the show began with rehearsals at the beginning of January, Hanson said. About one-fourth of the cast has not appeared in previous versions of the show.
One hour before each performance, the Streets of Jerusalem, with costumed crafters and vendors selling their goods, is open. Proceeds are given to local nonprofit organizations.
What: “The Promise”
When: 7 p.m. March 4-5; 2 p.m. March 6; 7 p.m. March 11-12; 2 p.m. March 13
Where: Bethel Lutheran Church
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children. Tickets available at the church from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Tickets can also be reserved by phone: 507-288-6430.