“His Last Days” was written in 1979 by Dallas Holm.
The 2017 Lenten Season will be the group’s 29th year of commemorating Lent by performing this Lenten musical. His Last Days is a story in song about Christ’s last days on earth. From His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the agony in the garden, and the crucifixion, to His glorious resurrection, His Last Days lets you walk with Him on His final journey.
What started in 1989 as a meaningful Good Friday service, at our home parish, has branched out across northwest Ohio and into Michigan. The first year began with four performances in three different locations. Most years’ schedule holds between 4-12 performances. Over the past 27 years, the group has presented His Last Days 209 times to audiences of over 41,700 traveling over 10,400 miles. They have traveled as far east as Vermilion, west to Paulding, south to Lima, north to Troy, Michigan.
There have been a total of 151 individuals involved in the musical group. This year we have 43 members in the group from several different churches and communities. Five have been members since its inception.
The cast members are: Bill Daunhauer as Jesus and Adam Daunhauer as Pilate; Peter, the Adulterous Woman, Mary and the Centurions are portrayed by various choir members. The narration is done by Jim Hull.
The 2017 choir is comprised of Helen Bateson, Mern Bish, Bobbi Bishop, Greg Bishop, Theresa Chaney, Duane Copsey, Adam Daunhauer, Amanda Daunhauer, Bill Daunhauer, Kelly Elchert, Dave Hawk, Kelsey Johnson, Kim Johnson, Steve Johnson, Joe Kimmet, Sue Kimmet, Alex McGinnis, Angie McGinnis, Eva McGinnis, Mark McGinnis, Bonnie Peeler, Mary Rellinger, Elaine Roush, Ed Row, Judy Row, Bob Smith, Nancy Smith, Janet Straub, Keith Straub, Libbey Straub, Marilyn Stump, Glenn Thaxton, and Paul Wasserman.
Ginny Hull, director, oversees all aspects of the musical from the choir and lighting, to the technical crew. The technical assistants include David Daunhauer, Gena Daunhauer, Jim Hull, Morgan Johnson, Zoe Johnson, Abbey Strausbaugh and Ann Zoeller.
This is an ecumenical program that can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages. The musical lasts approximately 45 minutes and is accompanied by slides visually retelling “His Last Days.” All performances are free and open to the public. Free will offerings are accepted and money in excess of expenses is given to a needy cause.
If you need any additional information: call 419-618-1929, write Ginny Hull at 6966 N. Twp. Rd. 156, Kansas, Ohio 44841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ginny Hull, Director The Kansas St. James Choral Group
If you know someone who wants to join the group, please let Ginny know as soon as possible.
Schedule for 2017:
Sunday, March 12th at 6:30 PM – Fremont: Trinity UMC
204 N. Wayne St., Fremont, OH
Sunday, March 26th at 6:30 PM – Tiffin: St. Francis Home Chapel (Small Chapel)
200 St. Francis Ave, Tiffin, OH
Sunday, April 9th at 6:30 PM – Findlay: First United Brethren In Christ Church
629 Rector St., Findlay, OH
Good Friday, April 14th at 8:00 PM – Kansas St. James
6482 CR 25 (corner of CR 28, Fostoria/Rehobeth area)
View a short clip.