For immediate release:
Esther to be dramatically performed at Emmanuel Christian School
The production of Esther is a historic and dramatic retelling of the courageous life of Queen Esther. The play begins with the edict of King Cyrus freeing the Jewish captives to return to their homeland of Jerusalem and then moves forward several years to the feast of King Ahasuerus with all his wise and mighty men. It is at this feast that the King calls for Vashti to come stand before him and all his guests. But when she refuses, the King’s fury causes him to remove Vashti as Queen and seek another bride among the fairest young women of his land. But when the soldiers come for Hadassah, Mordecai gives her the name of Esther and warns her to keep her Jewish heritage a secret to all in the palace. She obeys and is soon crowned the new Queen of all the Persian lands. But it is not long before Esther learns the real reason why God has brought her to the Kingdom, as Haman’s evil plan to kill her people and destroy the nation of Israel is finally revealed to her. It is then that she faces the hardest decision she has ever faced – to take a stand for her life and the lives of her people, believing that God had sent her to the Kingdom for such a time as this.
The program is the culmination of a week-long DRAMATIC WORD SEMINAR which has been conducted at Emmanuel Christian School by THE ACADEMY OF ARTS MINISTRIES of Taylors, South Carolina. The students received instruction in stage lighting, set construction, prop management, stage makeup, costumes, and acting. The play will employ full professional aspects of each of these areas. More than 40 students have been involved in the seminar.
The production will be presented in the Auditorium at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the school office.