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'Living Last Supper' returns to Hays





The location is dynamic. The demand is great. And the will to serve is constant.

For these reasons, "The Living Last Supper" will be performed in Hays for a third consecutive year -- at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. It is sponsored by the Bucklin Ministerial Alliance and Ellis County Ministerial Alliance.

According to Bud Estes, spokesman for the drama featuring members of Dodge City-area churches, there's no better place for the drama to be than Beach/Schmidt.

"It just has the right feel," Estes said. "There's not a bad seat in the place."

The group planned to move the performance to a southwest Kansas location this year, but demand from the Hays area kept them in northwest Kansas.

"We'd had so many calls from people who saw it that wanted to bring their friends or relatives who didn't get to see it last time," Estes said.

The drama encompasses scenes including Jesus and his disciples in the upper room, the washing of the feet, the last supper, revealing of the traitor Judas, Jesus in the garden speaking to the father, and his appearing to doubt Thomas after the resurrection.

The cast remains the same as last year, with members representing churches in Bucklin, Minneola, Kingsdown, Cimarron and Dodge City. Estes said he's been amazed at the way the group has grown together through many years of performing together, especially when two cast members in the drama died in 2011.

"We started out as a play -- just a 'do your lines' thing --  it's grown to a ... fellowship. It's ministry," Estes said.

One change from a year ago will be the music that accompanies the drama. The Daybreak Quartet disbanded last year, but former member Nathan Prisk will return for this year's performances to provide a concert prior to the drama and music throughout the show. He will be accompanied by Christian pianist Gregory Howlett.

Free, unreserved tickets are available for the show at the door. Donations will be given to the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance's Second Mile Fund.