By DAVID MAY
PEASTER – Parents Tobiah and Esther, along with their children, Livya and Avri, are about to celebrate a Passover feast the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, about 33 A.D., when a group of strange-looking guests walk into their stone, first century dwelling.
The surprised family welcomes their visitors, asking where they come from, and where they obtained their odd clothing and footwear. They interact and talk to their guests, even wanting to wash their feet as is their custom, but they don’t know how to remove their boots and tennis shoes.
The guests are from the year 2013, taken back in time nearly 20 centuries to observe and imagine the period when Jesus went to Jerusalem to turn himself in and share his Last Supper with his disciples before being led to the cross, where he would die, only to rise again.
The first century family are volunteer actors Matt, Robin and Rhema Maxwell, all from Noble, Okla., and Jordan Puckett, of Weatherford Acting Academy, and the scene is played out within the confines of Capernaum First Century Village, about 11 miles northwest of Weatherford, where for the next two weekends adaptations of the Passover and Easter stories will be played out for groups of visitors.
For Christians, Easter is the most important holiday and observance. Tammy Lane, of Tammy Lane Productions, who wrote the scripts and produces “The Passover Experience,” said she wanted to show combine the Old Testament Passover story with the New Testament Easter story to show how the two are intertwined and how some of the old Jewish customs and traditions remain a part of Christian customs and observances today.
“What I would like for people to take away (from the performance) is that Easter started with the Passover, and there are so many things in the Passover that pertain to Easter, so I want people to see that because there is just so much involved in it,” Lane said.