Of forbidden love: (From left) Roman soldier Octavius (Samuel Chin) advising his commander Marcus (Sun Chee Yan) to forget about his interest in the Jewish girl Hannah.
METRO Tabernacle, an Assemblies of God church based in Batu Caves, will be staging a musical called The Choice this Easter.
The Choice will be staged at Metro Tabernacle’s premises in Taman Samudera, Batu Caves, over three consecutive evenings from Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 7pm. Admission is free.
Featuring the drama and pageantry of ancient Rome during the rule of Tiberius Caesar about 2,000 years ago, The Choice tells of the forbidden love between a young Jewish girl and a Roman soldier, Marcus, as well as the cultural difficulties surrounding those who followed the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Marcus finds himself at a crossroads when he becomes torn between his new-found love for the girl who follows Jesus, and pursuing his life-long ambition.
As he becomes intertwined in the events leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, he has to weigh between the words and example of Jesus Christ against the power and wealth of Rome and in that balance, hangs a life-altering choice, he must make.
Metro Tabernacle senior pastor Reverend Ong Sek Leang said the musical was chosen for its strong message during Easter, a special time when Christians reflect on the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“We need to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and always make the right choices in life.
“The conflict of choice, especially the struggle to follow Jesus against the tide of popular sentiments and cultural barriers, is something that most of us Christians can identify with as we make our own choice to be followers of Christ. We would like to welcome everyone to fill every seat in the hall during the three nights,” he said.
Metro Tabernacle has received widespread accolades in the past for its professionally staged Christmas and Easter musicals that featured elaborate sets, beautifully hand-made costumes and inspiring acting, singing and dancing by casts drawn from its congregation.
A cast of more than 60 talented church members and a 70-strong production crew have been toiling for the past six months to ensure that the production will be of the highest standard.
Metro Tabernacle’s 2,200-seat, purpose-built main hall is well equipped with professional lighting, video and sound systems which makes it the perfect ‘choice’ to bring the colourful production to life.
The Choice was first staged by Metro Tabernacle in 1999 and was the first of the many “big” musical productions for the public.
This 2014 version of The Choice will be a lot more polished and spectacular in terms of stage performance, props, sets, and special effects, especially in the scene depicting the crucifixion of Jesus.
The sets were designed in-house and made by professional set constructors.
Most of the stage properties were hand-made by church members. Some of the costumes were sewn by church members, others professionally tailored or bought and some rented to present a spectacular audio-visual feast.
For details, call 03-6184 1658 or visit www.metrotab.org or www.facebook.com/metrotab.