By Steve Rutledge
Local residents are familiar with living nativity scenes at Christmas, but a living Last Supper?
More than a dozen Winters residents bring Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting to life in this Easter Week tradition, which played to a full house Sunday at Main Street Church. Another performance is planned at 7 p.m. Friday.
The living Last Supper is a poignant portrayal of Jesus’ final moments with his closest followers and friends. The announcement that one of them would betray him sends shock waves and bewilderment through the assembled group at the Passover feast.
Sunday’s audience was captivated by the performances of each disciple and Tim Hurst’s portrayal of Jesus, and rewarded their efforts with several warm and enthusiastic rounds of applause.
The live presentation is based on Leonardo’s impression of what he believed would have been the reaction of the disciples when Jesus makes the statement, “One of you will betray me.” Each of Jesus’ followers steps out of the picture and voices his fears that he might be the one. At the end of each soliloquy comes the haunting question, “Is it I?”
The cast includes Chris Smolen, Brandon Humphrey, Aaron Engelage, Paul Biasi, Larry Jones, Will Hausler, Travis Flanders, Tim Hurst, Jo Bouton, Dennis Caskey, Briar Anderson, Ken Bertinoia, Bill Monroe, Garrett DeDeaux and Troy Story. The director is Larry Rutledge.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Main Street Church is at 201 Main St. in Winters.