University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: 74th Annual Easter Pageant

March 6, 2013
74th Annual Easter Pageant
74th Annual Easter Pageant

Belton, Texas – On Wednesday, March 27, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will host its 74th Annual Easter Pageant. There will be three performances in front of the Luther Memorial arches on Vann Circle Drive at 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Each of these performances is free and open to the public.

“Student excitement for the pageant this year is as high as I’ve ever seen it,” Director of Campus Activities Mike McCarthy said. “We have a record turnout of freshmen and sophomore students, which is a direct result of how great a job our director has done of getting everyone involved.”

UMHB’s Easter Pageant has become a tradition for many Central Texas families, drawing nearly 5,000 spectators each year. Hundreds of university students participate in the pageant as actors, director and even costumers. A number of children from the community also take part in the performance.

The production features many moments from the life and ministry of Christ, including His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and His trial by Pontius Pilate, crucifixion, death, and resurrection. The production also includes a number of moving musical numbers performed by characters within the story, Dean of Students Ray Martin, and the university’s elite choral ensemble, One Voice.

Each year Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB, chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude. This year Chase Riggs of Katy, TX, will play Christ.

O’Rear also decides which female student will play the role of Mary, mother of Christ. This year, the role went to Madaline Garcia of Colorado Springs, Colorado

The rest of the cast has been selected by Anna Payne of Midlothian, TX, who O’Rear chose as this year’s director for the pageant. This year’s assistant director is Lauren McKee of Belton.

McCarthy recommends that visitors try to attend the day’s earlier performances.

“The 5:30 p.m. show is always popular, so people who attend the 12:30 or 3 o’clock show will have a better opportunity to get good seats,” McCarthy says.

Audience members are also encouraged to bring sunscreen, but umbrellas are prohibited.

The tradition of the annual Easter Pageant began in 1940 when it was held during the afternoon on Easter Day. At that time, the school was not co-ed, so all of the roles were played by women. Over time, the production expanded to include male students and extra performances.

The rest of the pageant’s cast members include:

 

NAMED ROLES

Joseph ..............................................................  Cameron Roucleaux

Simon the Leper ............................................  Ryan Murphy

Martha ............................................................  Kat Pasichnyk

Mary, Martha’s sister ...................................  Lauren Rodriguez

Lazarus ...........................................................  Michael Kattan

Upper Room Man .........................................  Bryan Myers

Upper Room Servant Boy ...........................  Liam McCarthy

Trial Testimony #1 ........................................  Matt Wines

Trial Testimony #2 ........................................  Zach Todd

Peter’s Accuser #1 (woman) ........................  Maddie Davis

Peter’s Accuser #2 (woman) ........................  Chelsea Owens

Peter’s Accuser #3 .........................................  Cally Baucom

Pontius Pilate ..................................................  Clint Brown

Pilate’s Servant ..............................................  Payton Pierce

Barabbus ........................................................  Jake Hans

Simon of Cyrene ...........................................  Alex Kown

Repentant thief ..............................................  Brandon Edwards

Jeering Thief ...................................................  Dawson Harmon

Johanna ..........................................................  Kailyn Campbell

Salome ............................................................  Jamie Lorenz

Joseph of Arimathea ....................................  Ryan Sewell

The Angel ........................................................  Terry Livingston

Nicodemous ...................................................  William Strebeck

Mary Magdalene ...........................................  Amy Kester

Mary, mother of James ................................  Esther Gibbs

Jarius ................................................................  Tanner Clarke

Jarius’ Wife .....................................................  Kendra Horton

John the Baptist .............................................  Nathan Gillmore

High priest – Caiaphas .................................  Alec Lloyd

High priest – Annas .......................................  Ryan Frusha

 

MARKET SCENE

Groom .............................................................  Tommy Pierce

Bride ................................................................  Meredith Davis

Adulterous Woman .......................................  Margo Portales

Leper ................................................................  Jonathan Kendall

The Blind Man ...............................................  Jacob Brenton

Resurrected Girl .............................................  Avery Cabbanis

 

TEMPLE COURT

Sadducee #1 ...................................................  James Ewing

Sadducee #2 ...................................................  Ross Jones

Sadducee #3 ...................................................  Zach Zernial

Pharisee #1 .....................................................  Justin Heath

Pharisee #2 .....................................................  William (Trey) Johnson

Herodian #1 ...................................................  Mitch Goodman

Herodian #2 ...................................................  Devin Dutton

Herodian #3 ...................................................  Mike Perry

 

TEMPLE GUARDS

Guard #1 .........................................................  Karl Baker

Guard #2 .........................................................  Stephen Webster

Guard #3 .........................................................  Caleb Johnson

Guard #4 .........................................................  Dustin Watts

 

ROMAN GUARDS

Guard #1 (Centurion) ...................................  Collin Cavendish

Guard #2 (Centurion) ...................................  Tim Hite

Guard #3 (Captain) .......................................  Jacob Bowen

Guard #4 (Captain) .......................................  Kyle Morgan

Guard #5 (Soldier) .........................................  Seth Strickland

Guard #6 (Soldier) .........................................  Cody Lee

 

MONEY CHANGERS

Changer #1 .....................................................  Greggory Miller

Changer #2 .....................................................  Josh Wesselius

Changer #3 .....................................................  Dakota Jones

Changer #4 .....................................................  Drew Darnell

Changer #5 .....................................................  Jake Raabe

 

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