For the Holy Week leading into Easter Sunday, a unique local production will center on what is commonly called the Last Supper.

For the Holy Week leading into Easter Sunday, a unique local production will center on what is commonly called the Last Supper.

Over the last two months, the chancel choir of Camdenton United Methodist Church has been working on the music for a presentation that tells the story of the Disciples’ last night with Jesus titled “The Living Last Supper.” The production has a 40-member choir cast and 13 acting cast members dressed as Jesus and the disciples.  

Co-director Trent Taylor says the show is a “very moving presentation.”  He says the show displays Jesus, who has warned the disciples that one of them will betray him.  Each disciple shares his thoughts about being a part of Jesus' ministry and wonders if he could be the one who will betray Jesus.   

Co-director Cheri Bonacker says the work being performed is a church cantata written by Ruth Elaine Schram. She is the current leading composer of CUMC music. “We have worked on the music during our normal rehearsals and have had a couple of rehearsals outside of our normal time,” Bonacker said.

“The biggest challenge has been getting everyone together for the extra rehearsal with the disciples and the choir.”

Both Taylor and Bonacker say the audience will enjoy the whole presentation and the story it shares. They say it is a very important work that depicts the disciples’ last night with Jesus and each disciple reveals his innermost thoughts. All the while, a scene of internal questioning takes place with whether or not he will be the one to betray Jesus. This aspect of the show is something Bonacker says attending community members should look forward to.

“It is a unique production that gives the audience a way to reflect on the important events that occurred prior to Jesus’ crucifixion,” Bonacker said. “This was the last supper that he shared with his disciples.”

“The Living Last Supper” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Directors for this event are Cheri Bonacker and Trent Clayton. The accompanist for the production is Cheri Bonacker. Costumes were created by Suzanne Brownell. Jesus is played by Marc Magana. Disciples are played by Wayne DeVries, Greg Calvo, Scott Martin, Todd Nicklas, John Blair, Dick Kelly, Tom Reth, Darin McDermott, Steve Bayless, Al Mayer, John Reinhold and Ken Derrington. Contact Camdenton United Methodist Church for any further questions at (573) 346-5350.