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Nazarene Easter drama offers new perspective
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In this scene from last years production of More than Just a Man, several Pharisees (from left: Aaron Saur, Dale Pruter, Mike Snyder, the Rev. Josh Foster and Mike Krager) listen to Ciaphas (Tom Grieb). - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Great Bend’s First Church of the Nazarene invites members of the community to enjoy its Easter dramatic musical, “More Than Just a Man.”
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6, and at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, at the Nazarene church, 4811 Broadway. Cast member Dale Pruter suggested people come early; the church has seating for 300 and both performances were full last year.
This dramatization shows the ministry, life, death and resurrection of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. It provides a compelling glimpse into the controversy surrounding the Messiah and his triumphant resurrection, said Pruter, who plays one of the Pharisees.
“They finally come to the realization that Jesus was more than just a man walking amongst them. They actually figure out that he was the Christ,” he said.
“We did this program last year and the community really turned out,” Pruter said, noting the Nazarene church has come to be known for its quality acting roles. At Halloween, the church stages Judgement House, which brings in more than 1,000 people over three days.
The Easter presentation is also well executed, he said. As the program flier notes, “several members of the community act out the lead roles in this presentation, including Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra in the role of Jesus, Ron Post as Joseph and Tom White as Nicodemus. Tom Grieb will once again play the antagonist, Caiaphas, and Megan Post will play Mary, Jesus’ mother.”
“More Than Just A Man” offers a full choir and audience interaction as the story unfolds