Actor Scott Fox never dreamed that his experience as a Navy radioman would help him play the role of Jesus Christ in the Kempsville Church of Christ’s production of “Living Pictures”.
“To fix the antenna on the yard arm of the aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise you might be working aloft ten stories high” shares Fox. “Compared to that – standing ten feet off the ground is nothing.” During the second coming scene Fox does just that, while wearing a costume made of ten yards of material.
Other scenes are much more physically demanding and each year Fox finds his recuperation from cuts, scrapes and bruises that inevitably happen during the production heal a little slower than the previous time.
But he’s not complaining. In fact, he uses the pain and discomfort to help him stay in character.
“It helps feed the character, to think how Christ felt the same thing only amplified.” He shares. While on the cross he struggles to hold on because of all the stage blood. Usually his hands have actually been pierced by the rough edges of the spikes used in the production. “It’s the law of averages. Everyone tries not to, but I do get hit with the whip, cut and bruised when mistakes happen.”
Standing in the reception line, seeing the people who have been touched by the story of Jesus, makes recuperation easier.
“I’m revitalized, restored and invigorated. Sometimes I can’t sleep after a performance.” Fox remarks. He’s looking forward to greeting upwards of 2000 audience members this year. “I just love it when the kids run to me, eyes sparkling.”
This year “Living Pictures – How He Loves”, will run March 27, 28 and April 2, 3, 4. The musical drama starts at 7 pm and no tickets are necessary, though seating is limited to the first 500 people. Performances are at the Kempsville Church of Christ, 5424 Parliament Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. Phone 490-3925 or watch the trailer for further information.
Check out some online acting resources for students and teachers at The Educational Theatre Association or find some free Christian skits at Fools for Christ. Additional articles provide links to on line costuming and staging resources.