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Spalding theatre group, St Nicolas Players, invites potential actors to join the cast for its Easter 2019 production of The Vigil




Christmas is just a week away but a Spalding theatre group is already planning for Easter 2019.

St Nicolas Players has put out a “casting call for people of all abilities” to take part in The Vigil, a play about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The play, to run from April 15-17, 2019, and written by Hungarian Ladislas Fodor, takes the Easter story into a courtroom where a man called the Gardener is charged with stealing Christ’s body from the tomb after his crucifixion.

The Rev John Bennett and Martin Tyrrell at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-141218-011TW
The Rev John Bennett and Martin Tyrrell at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-141218-011TW

Martin Tyrrell, the play’s director, said: “I joined St Nicolas Players during a run of T. S. Eliot’s Murder in The Cathedral eight years ago.

“This time, we are looking to stage the amazing courtroom drama, The Vigil, at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, and other churches, at the beginning of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

“The play tells the story of the trial of the Head Gardener, from the Garden of Gethsemane, who is accused by the Romans of stealing the body of Jesus from the tomb in an attempt to make people believe He had risen.

“We are looking for people to take part in this production and there are plenty of roles available for people of all abilities.

“Previous acting experience is not essential as you will have the full support of our members.”

Formed in 1967, St Nicolas Players’ more recent plays have included Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, One Man Two Guvnors and Brassed Off.

St Nicolas Players' Brass Band in rehearsals before Brassed Off, performed at Spaldng's South Holland Centre in October. Photo by Tim Wilson. 050818108SG
St Nicolas Players' Brass Band in rehearsals before Brassed Off, performed at Spaldng's South Holland Centre in October. Photo by Tim Wilson. 050818108SG

The Rev John Bennett, Vicar of Spalding, said: “In one way it seems strange to be thinking about Easter when we are so close to Christmas.

“But the cross and the empty tomb are the reason why we celebrate the birth of Jesus and The Vigil asks the audience to decide what happened on the first Easter morning.

“I am excited that Martin Tyrrell and St Nicolas Players want to stage this play because it will challenge everyone who sees it to face questions about what they really believe.

“If you think the story is true then it changes everything.”

Anyone interested in joining the cast ahead of a "read-through" of the script in January can call Martin on 07925 400303.



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