Celebrating With Passion

The spirit of Good Friday was in the air on Allen Street Friday evening as nearly 200 people lined the pews of St. James Church for a presentation of “Living Last Supper.” This marked the 11th year that the church has held a production like this on their grounds for the holiday.

The church hosted the liturgical musical drama recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, which featured scripture and historical Biblical-based monologues by actors that portrayed Jesus and his disciples.

Families from around the community sat in respectful silence as the scene unfolded before them, with actors describing the events that brought them to Jesus and ultimately led to Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. When they weren’t speaking, actors stayed in character, frozen in the poses made famous by the painting.

The show, which was written by Ruth Elaine Schram, included a cast of more than a dozen actors and a choir, which performed songs such as “Is It I?,” “King Triumphant,” “You Are the Bread” and concluded with “How Great His Love.”

Vince Liuzzo, the actor who portrays Jesus in the play, has participated in several other productions by the church in the past.

“It’s great to be given the opportunity to take part in this community liturgy,” said Liuzzo.

The remainder of the cast includes: Darrell Stein as Bartholomew; Thomas Liuzzo as James; Tony Prinzi as Andrew; Jim Alexander as Judas; Dick Sena as Peter; Dean Benson as John; Nick Schepis as Thomas; Larry Banes as James; Jim Hale as Philip; Andy Liuzzo Sr. as Matthew; Vince Cimino as Thaddeus; and Andrew Liuzzo Jr. as Simon.

“Living Last Supper” will be performed for a second time on Sunday at 4 p.m., and is open to anyone of any faith. Admission to the event is free.

St. James Church is located at 27 Allen St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 487-0125.