‘In Christ Alone’ marks next chapter of spectacular Alapaha Easter Passion Play

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The risen King of Kings, remarkably portrayed by returning actor Jeremy Hyers, is framed in the shadow of the cross on March 10, 2016, at the historic Alapaha Gym. Photography by Hayne Norton
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During a March 18, 2016, dress rehearsal held at the Alapaha Gym, Passion Play drama members Harold Dillingham, Jeff Chavis, and Larry Hauser demonstrate how to effectively blow a shofar to announce Jesus’s victory over the power of sin and death. The exotic ram’s horn is mentioned 72 times in the Bible, perhaps most memorably in the Old Testament when Joshua’s Israelite army followed God’s instruction and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down upon the mighty blast of the shofar. Photography by Hayne Norton
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The drama team members of the Alapaha Easter Passion Play on dress rehearsal night, Friday, March 18, 2016, inside the Alapaha Gym. Photography by Hayne Norton
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Cast members Iris Vickers [the other Mary], Linda Mixon [woman with alabaster jar of expensive perfume], Hannah Exum [angel], Pam Gaskins [Martha, sister of Lazarus], Hannah Vickers [angel], and Lathan Tucker [Jairus’s unwell daughter] serendipitously collide onstage moments before the commencement of “In Christ Alone,” the 21st edition of the Alapaha Easter Passion Play, on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Visiting the Bethany home of Simon the leper, Jesus of Nazareth [Jeremy Hyers] calms disciples Andrew [Andrew Powell] and John [Greg Exum] as a long-haired woman [Linda Mixon] humbly anoints his feet with perfume collected from an alabaster jar. The followers of Christ were indignant that such an expensive fragrance could be “wasted,” instead reasoning that it should be sold at a high price and the money given to the poor. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Jesus Christ prays fervently in the Garden of Gethsemane in search of his heavenly Father’s leadership and guidance. He is in such agony of spirit that his sweat falls to the ground like great drops of blood. Meanwhile, the disciples fall fast asleep. Photography by Hayne Norton
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Presenting the harmoniously angelic 27-member Alapaha Easter Passion Play choir. Front row, left to right are Dewitt Wright, Iraman Vickers, Angie Cornelius, Gail Benjamin, Ann Morris, Joanna Watson, conductor Gail Powell, Sue Gaskins, Becky Harper Davis, Anne Gaskins, Gracie Flanders, and Susan Flanders. Back row are Tim Meeks, Bryan Horten, Valerie Horten, narrator Jake Ford, Donna McGill, Kenny Hughes, Stacy Holladay, Steve Dixon, Joe Nobles, Brenda Buttimer, Mark Davis, Lena Tucker, Ty Schultz, Sylvia Roberts, and Christy King. Not pictured is Becki Vaughn Davis. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Jenny Hall with best bud Gail Benjamin. The latter was featured soloing on “Sweet Jesus” and never fails to bring her A-game to the Alapaha Easter Passion Play. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Choir conductor Gail Powell poses with good friend Stacy Holladay, who delivered a sterling solo of “Redeemed” during the Alapaha Easter Passion Play. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame, and I love that old cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain. Photography by Hayne Norton

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