First Baptist Easter Pageant returns after three-year hiatus

Jesus Christ, played by First Baptist Church member Shawn Campbell, talks to the people of Jeruselum during the church’s rehearsal of its Easter Pageant.

Jesus Christ, played by First Baptist Church member Shawn Campbell, talks to the people of Jeruselum during the church’s rehearsal of its Easter Pageant. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

For the first time in three years, First Baptist Church will bring Easter alive on stage.

The church will host its annual Easter Pageant, “Jesus… Healer of Body and Soul,” 7 p.m. April 11, 12, 18 and 19.

The pageant is free and open to the public, and April 11’s production will be interpreted for deaf audience members.

Director Cindy Campbell and Pastor Gary Shultz said the pageant had proven a popular attraction since it premiered more than 20 years ago, but was put on hiatus when the church had a staffing transition a few years ago.

“We’re really excited (for the pageant’s return),” Shultz said. “It’s always been a great thing for the church, and we’ve always had some extremely talented people.”

The musical pageant follows Jesus as he performs a number of miracles, including healing the bleeding woman and the raising of Jairus’ daughter. Other memorable Biblical scenes depicted include Palm Sunday, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper and the resurrection.

With about 75 people acting in the pageant, it can be a hefty undertaking for Campbell to coordinate during dress rehearsals. But with many people in Fulton knowing someone in an already-popular pageant’s return, Shultz advised patrons to arrive early to ensure a seat.

“We’d love to have people come out, it’s great for the whole family,” Shultz said.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

| Fulton Sun>