Lively puppet ministry returns

The Hope Puppets, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Rainsville, is proud to present its annual Hope Puppet event.

Director Greg Wigley said, “this year’s show is The Greatest Son-of-Man, it’s a parody play to the Greatest Showman.”

He said the theme of the story is redemption, and the show is going to feature a circus type atmosphere with a cast of 60 members, not including security, lights crew and people behind the scenes.

The shows typically run for about an hour. The show incorporates lights, music singing and dancing.

“There will be a lot of blacklights, there will be some new things we haven’t done before and a couple of extra new characters,” he said.

The script for this year’s show was rewritten by DeKalb County Judge Jeremy Taylor to incorporate a Christian meaning.

“Jeremy Taylor has written the script and directed the acting for that part of it,” Wigley said.

According to Wigley, the show will feature ten songs, the junior team will kick off the show with three songs then the drama team will perform, and the adult team will do five songs, and the drama team will close the night with a performance.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, we’ve had a lot of fun getting ready for it,” Wigley said. “The songs are peppy, we do some song from the movie, and we do some songs that are parody type remakes from the movie.”

“The Greatest Son-of-Man,” show is set to debut April 7 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. They will also perform on April 8 at 6 p.m., April 10 at 6 p.m., April 13 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“It is going to be fun, high energy and exciting times plus, a great message that we feel the Lord has laid in our heart,” Wigley said.

The final showing will be Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. All performances will be held at Rainsville First Baptist Church 223 Church Avenue, Rainsville, AL.

Wigley said, as always there is no cost. It’s absolutely free, but they do ask that people pre-register for free tickets at rainsvillefirst.com due to the limited capacity.

“We have a lot of groups that show up, and there are not many events that you can go to that don’t cost,” Wigley said. “We’ve had double capacity show up before, we don’t want anyone to have a bad seat we want everyone to be comfortable.”

The production generally put on eight shows, six of the eight are typically sold out. However, they usually have a few extra tickets brought back.

“We try to keep it at a safe number, and we do 700 tickets per show,” Wigley said. “It’s going to be a really great time.”

“None of us are professionals, but I feel like the performance we put on is done professionally,” Wigley said. “We would love for everyone that can come check out one of the eight performances, we are hoping that everyone can find a night to come out.”

For more information on Hope Puppet Ministries, visit their Facebook page @HopePuppetMinistries.

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