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First-time directors produce a re-telling of Jesus’ miracles

First-time directors produce a re-telling of Jesus’ miracles

August 30th, 2018 by Sally Ince in Features

Sally Ince/ News Tribune Emmett Spradlin, left, playing Jesus, prays over Joey Wyss, Right, playing Thomas, Monday during a dress rehearsal at Stained Glass Theatre. Stained Glass Theatre's upcoming show of "John, His Story" is based on John 20:31 as re-telling of Jesus' seven miracles.

A lively re-telling of Jesus’ seven miracles will be presented in “John, His Story,” playing Sept. 6-15 at Stained Glass Theatre.

“It’s the story of John, his gospel as seen by the people who were there, who lived through the miracles, who saw them first hand, and it’s kind of a comedy and then there’s also some drama,” co-director Debbie Becker said.

First-time directors Becker and her sister, Denise Thoeman, have been working with their 15-member cast since June. The pair have attended Stained Glass Theatre for a number of years and were delighted when they were asked to become directors.

“I love going through the process because of the progression of it and how they grow in their character, from just learning their lines to becoming that person, that’s really an exciting thing for me,” Thoeman said.

There will also be three first-time cast members within the production. Joey Wyss who has never before been on stage will be playing in four parts of the show, including the character of Thomas. Actor Aaron Baker, who will play the character of John, is no newcomer to the stage but will be performing with Stained Glass Theatre for the first time along with actress Amanda Allen, who will play Athalia.

The production will last roughly one hour and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Becker and Thoeman agree the highlight of the story is it’s dramatic ending, which they admitted has left them a bit teary eyed even during rehearsals.

Show times will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9 for all shows except for opening night, which are available for $7.

For more information about the play or to reserve tickets, call 573-634-5313 or visit