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Church presenting 'The Promise'

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Jesus (Mitch Chalos, left) and Satan (Gary Dellmo, right) rehearse for First Christian Church's (FCC) musical drama The Promise, which portrays the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ. The Brazil FCC will present The Promise Friday through Sunday, April 6-8. Showtimes include 7 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and a 6 p.m. show Sunday. [Order this photo]
Seven years ago, Darrell Moss took his family to a theatrical performance called "The Promise," which he says changed his life for the better, and now community members have the opportunity for a similar experience.

"Everything about it was just so emotional," Moss said. "If you come in with your mind open and your heart receptive, it can really grab hold of you."

In celebration of the Easter season, First Christian Church, 1875 W. United States 40, Brazil, will present "The Promise," Friday through Sunday, April 6-8. Showtimes include 7 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and a 6 p.m. show Sunday.

"My family and I were Christians before, but didn't really belong to any specific church," Moss, who is now a worship leader at First Christian, told The Brazil Times.

According to a press release, the powerful musical drama portrays the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ.

"Jim Stewart plays the part of the host, telling the story of God's faithfulness to man by fulfillment of His promise in His song, Jesus Christ, who is portrayed by Mitch Chalos," the release reads. "Although the resurrection scene is gripping, one of the most emotional scenes is that of Jesus in the marketplace healing and blessing several individuals including a blind man and a lame boy and bringing a young girl, whose father brought Jesus to her, back to life."

Chalos said he's played Jesus in "The Promise" since 1998, alongside antagonist Gary Dellmo, who plays Satan, and he feels his role has a huge influence on the audience.

"It's a humbling experience to play the Savior, and the response afterward is amazing, especially from children," Chalos said. "It's an honor to portray Christ."

Since Chalos and Dellmo started playing the Savior and fallen angel roles, several community members have began referring to them as Jesus and the devil.

"Throughout our performance, no one can see the devil lurking about, except Jesus," Dellmo said. "No one else in the cast is supposed to acknowledge his presence, but whenever he sees someone suffer or hurt, the audience can see the joy he takes in watching their sorrow."

First Christian Church will be providing childcare for children 4-younger.

For more information about the performance or First Christian Church visit www.fccbrazil.org or call 446-2214.



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