Holy week events include Palm Sunday concert, ‘The Last Supper’
For Hub City Times
Palm Sunday concert to be held at Our Lady of Peace Church
MARSHFIELD — The 64th annual Palm Sunday concert will be performed April 9 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 1414 W. Fifth St. in Marshfield.
The program includes a variety of songs, touching on all aspects of Holy Week, performed by 75 singers from Marshfield, Abbotsford, Arpin, Colby, Loyal, Neillsville, and Spencer.
The guest conductor will be Lucinda Thayer, professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Kathy Biederwolf will accompany the singers on pipe organ, Maxine Johnson on the piano, and brass instrumentation provided by the Wood County University Orchestra.
The program will be streamed live on Facebook through Marshfield Community Television and will be rebroadcast on WDLB AM 1450 at 2 p.m. on April 14 and April 16.
Admission to the concert is free, but a freewill donation helps to cover costs of new music and the instrumentalists.
Wesley United Methodist Church putting on 16th ‘Last Supper’ dramatization
About 16 years ago, after being inspired by seeing “The Last Supper” performed at a church in Wausau, Lynn Tomlinson presented the idea to Wesley United Methodist Church and began organizing its recreation in Marshfield.
A 7 p.m. on April 10 and April 12, Wesley United Methodist’s sanctuary, located at 205 E. Third St., will be transformed into “The Upper Room,” where several area churches will combine to present their 16th rendition of “The Last Supper” drama.
Against a hand-painted backdrop on extended loan from Our Father’s House in Chili, thirteen men will portray Jesus Christ and his disciples. The drama begins with the lights dimmed as each disciple delivers his unique autobiographical experience while standing in a lone spotlight. After a disciple shares, he takes his place behind a table that mimics Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting.
Over the years, many different gentlemen from churches in Marshfield and the surrounding communities have participated in this reenactment. Several of the original cast members are still active participants in this year’s presentation.
A committee of five persons from Wesley and Zion Methodist put together and direct the performance each year. Beginning each January, the committee meets to confirm the cast, plan publicity, check costumes, organize lunches and dinners, as well as provide a variety of refreshments for the attendees after each performance.
There is no cost to attend. Child care will be provided.