Every year thousands of people come to downtown Wheeling and step inside the Capitol Theater to hear the Easter story.
“There’s so many hurting folks out there, and they just don’t know where to turn. And being able to come to this, offered in a theater, the beautiful capitol theater, versus a church, not that churches are bad. But this is an avenue where people can go to and just relax kick back and leave the stuff of their life behind and just get a fresh message of hope and peace,” said Paul Smith.
The performance tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and cast members tell me the show brings something special to Wheeling.
“You bring entertainment you bring outreach you bring a sense of family and sense of community,” said Mike Hooper.
“It’s free first off, and where can you go to see something’s that free I mean you come down and you get to see the story come to life,” said George Czapp.
250 people will take the stage this year, the youngest just 6 months old.
“And then our oldest we’ve got folks a couple of our gals are 84 and 86. So it’s an amazing stretch here,” said Jeannie Waychoff.
Cast members, like Pierce Guyton, said after practicing for months and hours on end, they are excited for the curtains to rise and tell the story so important to their faith.
“Well now that I’m young Jesus I mean for the first time it’s nerve racking but it’s exciting, right, I know a lot of people are getting saved,” said Pierce Guyton.
“But then of course the resurrection is just the epitome of the whole show,” Rick Headlee, Co-Choral Director.