The First Baptist Church of Salem Celebration Choir and cast welcome the entire community to attend the upcoming presentations of, “The Easter Pageant: Raise the Crown.”

The storyline for this year’s pageant will begin with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and take us on a journey through the final week of His life.

Opening night for the 90-minute production is set for Saturday. Two other presentations are scheduled for Sunday and April 20. Each of the three presentations will begin at 6 p.m.

This 16th season is under the new direction of David Hancock. First Baptist Salem called Hancock as its worship pastor in June of 2017. He is a native of Mountain Grove. He and his family are thrilled to be serving the Lord closer to home after spending 13 years in Jackson, Tennessee.

“It’s wonderful to be serving at a church that is committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with not only Salem, but the many communities across the state of Missouri,” he said. “I’m excited to continue the tradition of The Easter Pageant, and it’s my prayer that God uses this portrayal of His gospel in mighty ways.”

The 2019 Easter Pageant will involve more than 100 choir and cast members. There are a host of pageant workers who work behind the scenes on props, special effects, sound, nursery, publicity, prayer, as well as ushering and greeting. The choir, cast, and all who are involved in the production are committed to presenting a clear gospel message of the good news of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the investment of time and talent becomes a personal sacrifice and an act of worship.

The pageant is a massive production requiring months of preparation and thousands of work hours. Rehearsals for the pageant began in February and have continued weekly. This year, the set is undergoing new construction and required several weeks of labor to complete.

Joe Brand, Mikki Raulston, Lisa Wulff, Sarah York, Shannon Phelps and Hancock are the featured soloists for this year’s pageant.

Due to the graphic crucifixion scene, a nursery will be provided and suggested for children age three and younger. Deaf interpretation will be provided during the performance Saturday. Admission is free. Seating is limited and therefore on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available on all lots adjacent to the church facility, which is located at 201 North MacArthur.

For more information, you may call the church office at 729-4863.