Fairhaven holds Easter productionBy Jason Cannon Published 7:00pm Friday, April 6, 2012
Generally, Don Whitt spends his Sunday’s supplying the congregation at Fairhaven Baptist Church with music.
This Sunday, he’ll take center stage.
Whitt’s first earnest attempt at writing a full feature production will hit the church’s stage Sunday at 6 p.m. with “Jesus King of Grace and Glory.”
The 75 minute production was co-written with Patrick George and features seasoned local actor Mike Baker, who plays a familiar role to those in today’s economy. The storyline, set in an airport, follows mostly two characters: Mike, a down-on-his-luck everyman on his way to a job interview and Patrick, who is just returned from a mission trip.
“Mike is down on his luck and looking for job and he’s going to an interview,” Whitt said. “He’s fogged in and he’s late. He’s really worried this job interview isn’t going anywhere. Patrick is coming in from a mission trip. He’s reading his Bible and Mike comes in and sits down beside him and Patrick shares the gospel with him and through that the Word of God comes to life.”
The production is the culmination of many years of thought and work all centered with the book of Matthew and raises the curtain on rehearsals that have been ongoing for more than two months.
“I had been working on a musical as far as in my head for about five years on the book of Matthew,” he said. “I’d been looking at scripture and scripture references but it wasn’t meshing with me.
Patrick came along…we were just kind of praying and then it started coming together.”
And what production about the Book of Matthew would be complete without a special guest appearance.
“Mike, the character, is somebody who has been to church but never been saved,” Whitt said. “When Patrick begins to share the book of Matthew with Mike, Matthew comes to life…The show actually takes place using parts of the Book of Matthew.”