'Compassion' comes to St. Ladislas

The cast and crew of "Compassion the Musical," a story based on Scripture, would like to invite you to special performances at St. Ladislas Church in Westlake on March 25 and 26. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

The cast and crew members are looking forward to presenting to you the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, set to contemporary music. The production is a wonderful way to devote time and prayer during the time of Lent.

"Compassion" takes place in the Holy Land and during the last days Jesus spent in Jerusalem. It focuses on the last three years of the ministry of Jesus including His death and resurrection and the compassion He shared with the people He encountered. The musical follows the Gospel of John with human elements from the gospel of Luke. The Beatitudes also come into play from St. Matthew. The story is told through the eyes of St. Peter, while in prison in Rome prior to his own execution, and how the compassionate Jesus changed his life.

This dynamic musical is a contemporary multi-media production with video, song, drama and dance. It is directed and produced by Christina DuPre. She was originally from France and came to the United States to earn degrees from The Ohio State University and The Cleveland Institute of Music. She originally performed in a Nashville Christian rock band. She  previously was the music director at St. Mary’s  of the Falls and currently is the Worship and Liturgy Coordinator at St. Joseph Church in Amherst. She has performed throughout the world, including several World Youth Days and three papal performances.

The extremely taxing role of Jesus is professionally and powerfully done by Ernesto Alcantara, the Worship Pastor at Crossroads Church in Mansfield. He recently has performed in three Christian films and released his first single, “Blown Away.” His acting, singing and ability to convey the message of Jesus will leave you awestruck!

The cast and crew of 70 is primarily composed of people from the area with many being from the parishes of St. Ladislas in Westlake, St. Joseph in Amherst and St. Mary’s of the Falls in Olmsted Falls.

The performances are free but those in attendance will be given the opportunity to give a free will offering.

It is the sincere hope of the participants that all who attend will come and be transported back in time by "Compassion the Musical" and will experience a deeper understanding of their faith, especially during the time of Lent.

St. Ladislas is located at 2345 Bassett Road.

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