Over one hundred actors children and adults of all ages, professionals and volunteers, re-enact the remarkable events of Jesus’ life. This unique experience is much more than just a performance.
The people making up the cast and crew of Wintershall’s dramas come from all walks of life. They give their time for nothing and are drawn to being involved for a whole variety of reasons, some out of curiosity about Jesus and his story, others for their Christian beliefs or because someone suggested it was a fun thing to be part of!
“I went to see the Life of Christ when it was a passion play. I was so moved by the whole experience that, even though already a Christian, I felt I had to be involved. The more I took part the more I wanted to broadcast the message of Jesus to as many others as possible.
By participating, these people become part of a community where they discover shared values centered on and arising from the story and through the process of dramatising it through rehearsals and performances. Many cast and crew members, inspired by the love and example of Jesus, want to make this God given love known to everyone.
Showing incredible patience and perseverance through hours of rehearsals, they want to help the audience to imagine what it was like to have known and followed Jesus when he was living as a man on earth.
It takes a lot of time and commitment but taking part is a faith building experience. I cannot hear a Bible reading about the life of Jesus without picturing the scene in vivid detail from the Wintershall performances.
The Christian values that are embodied in the teaching and example of Jesus communicated throughout the play, impact and inspire all those who participate in the plays. Many cast and crew members also find that while acting out the scenes in the plays they come to understand more deeply the positive impact of Jesus’s teaching and actions. Many have become Christians through being involved in the play over time.
“I have involved my children and even my grandchildren. Mary who plays the part of Jairus’ daughter says “I enjoy taking part it is such fun”. The whole experience can be life changing.”
Listen to the actor viewpoint clips where actors of different ages talk about their experience of being involved in the plays and how it impacts them.
- Patience and perseverance – most rehearsals people spend time waiting patiently and watching, repeating scenes.
- Stamina and resourcefulness – productions are outdoors, which requires considerable tests of endurance, often standing in the cold for hours while scenes are rehearsed.
- Trust and kindness – Working together as a crew and cast to enable each other to give their best requires a willingness to trust others, particularly the director, as well as show acts of kindness to encourage others.
- Courage and commitment – stepping forward to take a part in the plays requires courage and incredible commitment in terms of time and effort over weeks of rehearsals and the challenge of the performance itself.
- Humility and service – people come from all walks of life to act and help with the plays, and can only work together well if they are willing to be humble and to think about others before themselves.
- Welcoming and caring – Wintershall encourage anyone to join the cast. New amateur members of cast are welcomed each year and individuals and families come from far and wide to take part.
- Faith and love – many members of the cast and crew participate in the plays because they believe in Jesus as Saviour and out of faith and love for God and people, want to share the Gospel with others. Others act in it because they are intrigued by the influence of Jesus in history.