University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

75th Annual Easter Pageant

April 15, 2014
Karl Baker portrayed Christ in the 75th Annual Easter Pageant
Karl Baker portrayed Christ in the 75th Annual Easter Pageant

Belton, Texas – On Wednesday, April 16, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted its 75th Annual Easter Pageant. There were three performances in front of the Luther Memorial arches at 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Each of these performances was free and open to the public.

UMHB’s Easter Pageant has become a tradition for many Central Texas families, with this year's performances breaking previous records by drawing approximately six thousand audience members. This year more than 240 UMHB students and more than 110 children from the community will participate in the Easter Pageant, making it the largest production in university history.

The production featured 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 included a number of moving musical numbers performed by the university’s choral ensemble, One Voice.

Each year Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB, selects one 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 Karl Baker of Graham, TX, played Christ. O’Rear also decides which female student will play the role of Mary, mother of Christ. This year, the role went to Esther Gibbs of Rockwall, TX.

The final position selected by O’Rear was that of the pageant’s director, Jason Aleman of Round Rock, TX.

From the beginning, Aleman was determined to steer the year of pageant preparations towards something more than Wednesday’s three performances.

“My focus is not so much on the production itself. It’s on the opportunity to grow the cast through the production,” Aleman said. “I use it as a way to minister not just to those who are going to be watching but to those who are a part of it as well.”

This motivation drove every step of the production, including casting. Traditionally, the pageant’s director and his or her assistants have made all the casting decisions. This year, however, Aleman and Baker had a meeting to discuss a different way of doing things.

“I wanted him to choose his disciples himself,” Aleman said. “We had very similar visions. We didn’t want him to just pick his friends. Instead, he grabbed a variety of students.”

“Some of them haven’t been as involved in campus activities as others, and some might not have been as strong in their faith as others,” Aleman said. “We wanted a group of men who had the opportunity to grow together.”

The tradition of the annual Easter Pageant at UMHB began in 1940 when it was held during the afternoon on Easter Day. At that time, Mary Hardin-Baylor was an all-female campus, so all of the roles were played by women. Over time, the production expanded to include male students and additional performances during the day.

 

The remaining roles were played by:

 

DISCIPLES

Peter.................................................... Nathan Gillmore

James.................................................. Dawson Harmon

John.................................................... Tommy Pierce

Andrew............................................... Kyle White

Bartholomew.................................... Chandler Hansen

James the Lesser............................... Jayten Ames

Matthew............................................. Shane Longoria

Thomas.............................................. Kyle Morgan

Thaddeus........................................... Alec Lloyd

Phillip ................................................. Jonathan Taylor

Simon the Zealot.............................. Dominic Rosato

Judas Iscariot.................................... Collin Cavendish

 

NAMED CHARACTERS

Joseph................................................. Cameron Roucloux

Pontius Pilate..................................... Ryan Mitchell

John the Baptist................................ Matt Boden

Martha............................................... Haley Dunn

Mary, Martha’s sister...................... Morgan Howard

Lazarus.............................................. Austin Daron

Caiaphas ........................................... Jonathan Hanson

Annas................................................. Kelley Clark

Barabbus........................................... Andrew Alvarez

Simon the Leper............................... Mitchell Poppenhusen

Mary Magdalene.............................. Kate Schladenhauffen

Mary, Mother of James.................. Simone Moreno

Simon of Cyrene.............................. Jesse Crider

Joseph of Arimethea........................ Braxton Tucker

Nicodemus......................................... Thomas Welle

Angel................................................... Tyler Pate

Jairus................................................... Justis Martinez

Jairus’ Wife........................................ Emily Brown

Jairus’ Daughter................................ Bethany Fitzwater

Johanna............................................. Sarah Toler

Salome............................................... Jennifer Owens

Mary, wife of Clopas....................... Jasmine Simmons

Upper Room Man............................ Riley Davis

Repentant Thief............................... James Williams

Jeering Thief ..................................... Matthew Cranford

Bride................................................... Rylee Heckathorne

Groom................................................ Fernando Gutierrez

Blind Man.......................................... Drew Davies

Leper................................................... Alex Kown

Adulterous Woman.......................... Britni Marburger

Upper Room Servant Boys.............. Liam McCarthy

                                                            & Noah McCarthy

PHARISEES.....................................Thomas Middleton

                                                             Quinton Payton

                                                              Dakota Von Voast

HERODIANS......................................Gregory Miller

                                                               Dustin Watts

                                                               Will Strebeck

SADDUCEES......................................Dakota Jones

                                                                Josh Bradshaw

                                                                Jack Strickland

TEMPLE GUARDS............................Brandon Landrum

                                                                Nick Brusacoram

                                                                Seth Michaelson

                                                                Nathan Forester

ROMAN GUARD CAPTAINS.......... Jarren Brown

                                                                Victor Palma

ROMAN GUARDS.............................. Seth Strickland

                                                                 Colton Hedrick

                                                                 Tim Hite

                                                                  Tucker Saxton

TRIAL TESTIMONIES....................... Wesley Bailey

                                                                  Will Stence

PETER’S ACCUSERS....................... Rachel Payne

                                                                  Jennifer Ander

                                                                  Ashton Ellegood

MONEY CHANGERS/

SHOP KEEPERS................................ Trey Johnson

                                                                  Mitch Goodman

                                                                  Isaac Gonzales

                                                                  Reagan Beard

                                                                  Zach Todd

                                                                  Alex Lanoux

ONE VOICE SINGERS..................... Stephen Ash

                                                                  Caroline Brown

                                                                  Julia Brown

                                                                  Kailyn Campbell

                                                                  Cristal Conner

                                                                  Sam Davis

                                                                  Caitlin Hyer

                                                                  Paige Knox

                                                                  Terry Livingston

                                                                  Taylor Lofton

                                                                  Jonathan Mayo

                                                                  Austin Ratliff

                                                                  Brittany Read

                                                                  Elizabeth Schutter

                                                                  Zach Thompson

                                                                  James Williams

 

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