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North Chicago church to present ‘He Decided to Die’ March 29-30

Frank Tatum Jr. portrays Jesus cross.

Frank Tatum Jr. portrays Jesus on the cross.

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Updated: April 24, 2013 6:03AM

NORTH CHICAGO — The play, “He Decided To Die,” will be performed March 29-30 at 7 p.m. at First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, 1529 Elizabeth Ave.

Early one summer morning, while unable to sleep, the late Edna E. Scott Brown stated that the Lord had given her something “special” to tell the world about Christ. From that dream and moment, the inception of “He Decided To Die” was born. As the director of music at First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, she knew the Voices of Corinthian would be the perfect vehicle to present this awesome play.

“He Decided To Die” has captivated audiences for the past 35 years with its biblical account of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Miracles such as “Healing The Blind Man” and “Raising Lazarus From The Dead” are a testimony to the power of Jesus. “Forgiving The Woman At The Well,” “The Sermon On The Mount,” “Healing The Woman With The Issue Of Blood” and “Blessing The Little Children” chronicle the life of Jesus Christ. The “Trial of Jesus,” written by Annie Louise Howard, invites the audience to participate in rendering a verdict of “guilty or not guilty.” The play dramatically concludes with Jesus dying on the cross.

The starring role of Jesus was masterfully played by Frank Tatum III for 33 years. Gregory Slater now gives an astonishing performance as Jesus in that pivotal role. Gone but not forgotten are those original cast members no longer with us; namely, Roosevelt Wright, Carolyn Cystrunk, Pearl Long-Pitts, Joyce Madison and DC Taylor.

Tanya Verrett, daughter of Edna E. Scott Brown, continues the legacy as director. The musical backdrop is provided by the Voices of Corinthian and the play is narrated by Pastor Eugene Roberson.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

For more information, call (847) 473-1610.

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