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Resident renews role

Friday, March 30, 2012

Local resident Les Rivera carries the cross in his role as Jesus Christ, during a past performance of "The Passion in the Park." The interactive play takes place at Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute, April 5-8, with three shows a night at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
TERRE HAUTE -- Local resident Les Rivera will be revisiting the role of Jesus Christ in the fourth installment of "The Passion in the Park."

The play takes place at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute, April 5-8, with three shows a night at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

According to Rivera, the play is free to the public and is hosted by Senior Education Ministries, Terre Haute, with each performance lasting about 45 minutes.

"We call it an interactive play," Rivera said. "You actually get to walk scene to scene with Jesus and the disciples.

"You get to join them at The Last Supper, (and) The Garden of Gethsemane -- you actually get to stand trial with Jesus."

Rivera said the beatings that he takes as the part of Jesus aren't faked and helps give people a different perspective on what Jesus went through.

"You walk with Jesus as he carries the cross," Rivera said. "We don't fake the beatings; we always let them know it is a family show ... but when it comes to the beatings of Christ, we don't fake it. They really use the whips and kick (me) ... there's actually bruises and blood and welts."

He added the play also acts out the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

"It's been a blessing to be in (the play)," Rivera said. "It's changed my perspective of the things (Jesus went through) ... even the beatings, every time I get lashed it reminds me, 'Hey, he did this for me."'

Rivera said a main goal of the play is to make Jesus' experiences personal.

"One the goals of the play is to make it personal," Rivera said. "We don't want it to be just a story you read in a book somewhere. We really want it to be something that will change your perspective on the events that took place and why they took place."

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Les is truly a wonderful Christian man. He has helped so many in the Wabash Valley, from kids to grown-ups. He actually takes lashes as he performs the role of Jesus Christ.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Sat, Mar 31, 2012, at 6:43 PM

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