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Leicester passion play seeks participants for 2013 production

Organisers of Christ in the Centre – Leicester's open air Passion Play – are inviting anyone who wants to take part in the 2013 event to attend one of the two casting workshops being held during December ...

Organisers of Christ in the Centre – Leicester's open air Passion Play – are inviting anyone who wants to take part in the 2013 event to attend one of the two casting workshops being held during December.

And while the event will re-tell the true Easter story, it will do it in a different way to previous years, with the 2013 event featuring an entirely new drama and more music.

The casting workshops are being held on Saturdays 1 and 8 December, at St Andrew’s Community Hall, Jarrom Street, Leicester, starting at 11am each day.

For 2013, Christ in the Centre will be based on the play The First Easter, by Meg Harper, a prolific children’s author and playwright.

The original play has been performed several times in the UK and the USA. Meg, who has written more than 20 children’s books, runs an award-winning youth theatre group and teaches creative writing. She is currently writing a number of fresh scenes to extend the original script, which will receive their premieres at the Leicester event.

The play will be staged twice on Good Friday (March 29) 2013, with a first performance at 10.30am and a second starting at 2pm.

Organisers hope staging two performances will bring the event’s message to a new audience, says Rev Stephen Foster, Anglican Chaplain to Leicester University, and joint chair of the event’s organising committee:

“One of the strengths of performing this event right in the heart of Leicester’s shopping area is the opportunity to bring the true Easter message to a much wider audience than we have done before.

“We hope holding the second performance in the afternoon will increase the effectiveness of this outreach”.

For 2103 the event has a new artistic director, Sarah Chiswell-Hornett, who trained at the BRIT School and De Montfort University, and is now Creative Projects Producer at The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough:

“We want the event to be a community-based telling of the Easter story, using a combination of theatre and music, which will bring people together in the heart of Leicester”.

She is joined on the organising committee by the Revd Alan Humphrey, Team Curate at Kirby Muxloe, who takes over as administrator.

More at http://citc.dioceseofleicester.com/

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