NORFOLK — Leonardo DaVinci’s painting of The Last Supper is an image synonymous with Christian’s Holy Week. On Wednesday night, Norfolk’s Methodist churches brought it to life.
Hundreds of guests watched the living dramatization of DaVinci’s The Last Supper
at the Johnny Carson Theatre. First United Methodist and Westridge United Methodist churches combined to present a church service and the dramatization.
Co-Director Cindy Booth says she wanted guests to get a glimpse at what the Disciples were feeling at the time of the supper.
“It really brings to mind the drama of what was going on at that occasion before Jesus is actually put on the cross and crucified,” Booth said.
The program featured hymns, a scripture reading and prayer before the three act performance. Each disciple gave the audience a look into what was in their mind when Jesus said one of them would betray him.
Booth says preparations were tight as organizers were still looking for volunteers to play Jesus and two disciples close to the presentation date.
“We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to fulfill that but we did at the very last minute,” Booth said. “God came through for us.”
Booth says she was impressed with how the performance looked and sounded.
“The disciples really put a lot of heart into their parts,” Booth said. “It gave a lot of drama, and feeling and meaning, not just reciting words.”
The presentation has its roots over 20 years ago in a church basement, but has grown big enough to occupy the Carson Theatre. Booth says the 2017 crowd was the largest in years and is excited to invite guests back.
“So we were super excited to let people share that spirituality of the holy week by this presentation I think means a lot to all of us,” Booth said.
Both churches will still have their typical Easter Sunday services.