FOREST CITY | The Pilot Knob Lutheran Church will reenact the night of the Last Supper at 4 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14, and at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 18. Pilot Knob Lutheran Church is located at 2391 330th St., Forest City. The show is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
The dramatization of the Living Last Supper, directed by Barb Snitzer and Cathy Caldwell, tells the story of Holy Week and focuses on the night of the Last Supper, from Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, to him distributing the bread and wine, to Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and finally to his capture and crucifixion.
This is the third year the church will perform the reenactment and the first year the church will have two showings.
Rick Caldwell and Steve Abele, who play Judas Iscariot and James the Lesser, respectively, have been a part of the reenactment since the church started performing the Last Supper.
Caldwell said he and his wife saw the reenactment at a Methodist church in Solon, when they were visiting relatives. They had the idea to bring the reenactment to Pilot Knob.
Because the church was no longer going to do the reenactments, they gave their furniture and props to Pilot Knob Church its first year.
Additionally, Forest City resident Andy Sinnwell painted the backdrop for the reenactment.
Abele said he participates in the performance because it is moving and “helps draw people to the Lord, and I feel honored to be a part of it.”
Caldwell said watching the story of Jesus and the apostles unfold brings the audience to that time with Jesus and his disciples and see the events take place.
“It really makes you think about what happened,” he said.
Abele said the most moving scene for him is the last one when the disciples return to the stage one-by-one with the rest of their stories told on the screen above them.
“It is tear-jerking,” he said.
This year, the church will be perform two shows because it was a packed house last year and had people standing in the back to watch, according to Abele.
Additionally, this year, there will be dancers, only on the April 14 showing.
Abele said they were added because the teacher of the dancers wanted them to be a part of the performance and the Rev. Bob Snitzer agreed.
“It’ll make it more interesting,” Abele said.
According to Caldwell, the dancers will be more of an introduction before any of the reenactment starts.
Kids will also be walking around Jesus with palm branches in the beginning of the show as another addition to the performance, according to Caldwell and Abele.
Abele said the hardest thing for the performance in addition to memorizing the lines is growing a beard for his disciple role.
“I’ll be glad to shave that off,” he said while stroking his beard.
Abele said he wishes he could watch it live once, despite being able to watch the video of it.
“They do tape it, but to watch it live is different,” he said.