The Parsippany United Methodist Church Theater Ministry
One of the most distinctive ministries of our church is the theater ministry. For the past eight years original full-length Christmas plays written and directed by Pastor Jeff have been performed multiple nights in December. These performances are our gift to those who find themselves worn down by the increasingly frantic and commercialized version of the season peddled by the culture at large and in need of a reminder of what Christmas is truly all about.
“One of the great joys of these endeavors,” says Pastor Jeff, “is taking a large, diverse group of willing participants from a wide range of ages – many with little or no previous experience acting – conjuring roles for them to play in a story line full of grace, and then watching as they delight in the experience of creating something beautiful together beyond what they imagined possible as an offering to God and to our audiences.”
Many of the cast members return enthusiastically year after year. Over the years more than a hundred people have performed roles in the productions. Actors range in age from four to senior citizens. Beyond the countless hours of rehearsals, the productions involve a great deal of behind the scenes work choreographing dances, creating elaborate sound tracks and video projections, building sets and props, setting lights, sewing costumes, positioning microphones.
In addition to the eight Christmas plays of recent years, the theater ministry has produced several other productions highlighting Holy week, Easter and Pentecost, as well as three original musicals by Laurie and Joe Zelman and two original small cast dramas by Pastor Jeff.
“There is always room in the circle for newcomers to our theater ministry.”
| December, 2016 || “Beyond the Veil” |
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| May, 2016 || “The Story of Pentecost as Told By the Children Who Were There” |
| Christmas, 2015 || “Do You See Anything Yet?” |
| May, 2015 || “Broken: The Confirmation Play” |
| Christmas, 2014 || “The Great Christmas Pageant” |
| August, 2014 || A revival of “Over the Edge” |
| Christmas, 2013 || “Dreams: A Christmas Story” |
| April, 2013 || “Holy Week” |
| Christmas, 2012 || “Flash Point: A Christmas Story” |
| April, 2012 || “The Passion of the Christ” |
| Christmas, 2011 || “Cul de Sac” |
| Christmas, 2010 || “This Subway is Bound for Glory” |
| Christmas, 2009 || “How Angels Like to Party” |
| May, 2010 || “The Great Confirmation Play” |
| May, 2008 || “Cabaret: Passion Awakening” |
| April, 2008 || “The Gospel of Mark” |
| May, 2002 || “No Preacherman” |
| May, 2001 || “Circle Unbroken” by Laurie & Joe Zelman |
a musical based upon the book of Acts.
| May, 2000 || “The Singing School” by Laurie & Joe Zelman |
a musical about the Underground Railroad.
| Christmas, 1999 || “Certain Poor Shepherds”, by Laurie & Joe Zelman |
| September, 1997 || “Over the Edge” |
| October, 1996 || “Moses” |