Marlborough is buzzing with activity for the Community Passion Play which will be performed across numerous locations throughout the town on Easter Saturday (15 April), involving a cast of around 250 with a further 100 people working behind the scenes.
Rehearsals have begun in earnest and in some cases involve whole families.
The Piercys – Claudia, Nic, Noah (13) and Timon (11) are all actors in the play. Noah and Timon (pupils at St John’s School) play a part in the parable of the feeding of the 5000, and Noah also appears as one of a group of children mocking Zacchaeus the tax man. Nic has the role of Peter and is growing a beard for the event!
“The first read through had a great atmosphere, was lots of fun and brought together a marvellous mix of people,” recalls Claudia, who plays the part of a wife infuriated by her mother-in-law. She is quick to point out that she herself has the most wonderful mother-in-law!
Frazer Blaxland, the professional actor who will play Jesus, told marlborough.news, “Playing Jesus is one of the most challenging roles you can play. How do you relate to a man who did nothing wrong and loved even those who put him to death? I really have to think carefully about how to play him.”
After the first rehearsal Frazer said, “It was a delight to see the beginnings of what is going to be a wonderful adventure with my fellow actors and creatives. Exciting times ahead.”
The production team are still happy to have more people involved – as extras in the crowd, stewards to help direct the audience, helpers with set or costumes or just as an extra pair of hands.