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Elizabethton church reviving ‘The Last Supper’ presentation

Staff Reports • Mar 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The events leading up to the first Easter and “The Last Supper” of Leonardo Da Vinci will be portrayed in the return of a favorite drama on Thursday at Memorial Presbyterian Church.

“We presented this drama in 1993, 1994 and 1996,” Carolyn Matthews said. “People who saw it have requested that we revive it.”

The 12 disciples will be played by 12 men who will each recount the witness of an apostle of Christ. The impact of his presence on the life of an ordinary individual is vividly portrayed in their testimonies. Their character and personalities reveal change and growth as they continue to spend time with their leader.

During one portion of the performance, Peter says “I was the one who said that I would never betray him, but my flawed character was displayed all too soon. ... I denied I knew him just as he told me I would.”

Simon the Zealot said “I saw in him a zeal with which I could relate. I could not help but follow him because he was the greatest leader I ever knew.”

Thaddeus describes the mood at the Last Supper with Jesus. “With heavy hearts we hear him tell us of the events that will come to pass in the next few days. So much of it we do not understand.”

Matthews said the unique work provides a new perspective on the events celebrated at Easter. Many who have seen the drama in the past continue to remember vividly a specific portrayal of any one of the disciples.

“The Last Supper” will be presented on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 E. F St. For information, call 543-2711.

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