St. Paul’s Passion had students from three schools
For the past month, 30 male students from St. Paul’s School and female students from St. Scholastica Academy, Archbishop Hannan High and the archdiocesan home-school association rehearsed the passion production under the direction of St. Paul’s theater teacher Denny Charbonnet.
St. Paul’s has held a passion play since 1999, based on St. John’s account in the Gospel and written by Joey Schweitzer, an Archbishop Rummel High School alumnus. The play was adapted by the Theology II class at St. Paul’s in 1999.
“The students look forward to the passion play each year with great anticipation,” said St. Paul’s Karen Hebert. “We even had an alum come back to sing with us this year.”
A.J. LaCroix was this year’s narrator. Students in the 2016 production were Spencer Albright, Jesus; Shane Davies, Peter; Addison Nick, John; Cody Fecke, Judas; Patrick Stewart, Longinus; Nick Oubre, Malchus; Sam Nuss, Caiaphas; Parker Layman, Pilate; Austin Hayes and Mark Larson, Pharisees; Shane Ulfers, Kyle Shiell and Ethan Hopel, men in crowd; Sam Dufour, Simon of Cyrene; Emily Ruli, Mary; Caitlin Smith, Mary Magdalene; Margaret Baglow, Mary of Clopas; Grace Pierson, woman who accuses Peter; Chloe Charbonnet, Veronica; Julia Albright, Ella Bereziuk, Sarah Hoerner, Ellie and Katie Wright, weeping women. Lights were by Barrett Baumgartner (coordinator), Sam Kenney, Kiefer Napolitano and Matthew Kangas. Musicians were Christi Simoneaux, Pierre Simoneaux, Charles Legendre, Casey Fitzmaurice, Cathleen Sanborn and Hailey Bereziuk.