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An Easter Tale for ‘Perilous’ Times

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Easter Jesus palm SundayJesus (actor Kyle Warmington) leads a Palm Sunday parade in last year’s production at Magnify ChurchThe true story of missionary Amy Carmichael is woven with depictions from Jesus' life in the latest Magnify Church Easter musical, "Perilous."

"(Amy) is a real Christian heroine," said "Perilous" director Vicki Modert of Carmichael - an Irish-born woman who served the poor, abandoned and abused in south India.

She died in 1951 after working in mission for more than 50 years.

Three different actresses portray Carmichael in the story – in childhood, her teen years, and as an adult. And the biblical scenes offer the characters (and the audience) a view of the Easter story.

"She made daring rescues of children and adults as she confronted mysterious customs and undertook dangerous missions," Modert added.

Carmichael also wrote dozens of books, and her work carries on through a foundation based in the Indian city of Dohnavur.

With its accompanying orchestra, large ensemble cast and chorus, the Rockford-based church production with a four-show run has hundreds of volunteers.
The script works on several levels in the dual depictions of the lives of Carmicheal and of Jesus.

"We want to celebrate the hope and joy of Easter showing how Jesus also came to bring light into darkness, to heal, deliver and rescue people."

Actress Jennifer Vandlen has the role of the adult Carmichael. Kyle Warmington portrays Jesus and Joel Nickerson is the pivotal Pontius Pilate.

"Perilous" – An Easter season musical drama
7pm April 14-16; 1:30pm matinee on Sat. April 16
at Magnify Church, 6727 Kutshill Dr. NE Rockford.
Reserved seats $10 adults: students and children 17 and under $5.
(ASL provided at matinee performance. Thursday evening and matinee feature a mask-required seating section)
Information and tickets on line at:

Author Information
Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
Terry is a journalist/feature writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, with a background in radio broadcasting. His usual beat is arts and entertainment, specializing in Christian/gospel music. A married father of two, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Contributing Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present Feature writer: -Mlive.com (website and various newspapers) 1988– 2016 -Spotlight New Christian Music Magazine 1997-2008 -Church News Editor, Church Herald Magazine 2004-2009

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