The Golgotha Project Resurrects Easter

From l, Noemi, Narrator, and Jacob (Norma Burgess, Skip Pipo, and Bradley Bornemann) in “The Golgotha Project.”

From l, Noemi, Narrator, and Jacob (Norma Burgess, Skip Pipo, and Bradley Bornemann) in “The Golgotha Project.”

Combining imaginative writing, heart, and gentle comedy, ELATE Theatre presents a unique, new way of presenting the Easter story that is entertaining and accessible for all audiences in their production of The Golgotha Project. Fine acting and enthusiasm by the large cast make the story come alive before our very eyes.

Writer/Director Jeff Zimmer fashions a creative way of retelling the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection, making them entertaining but telling for audiences. He blends various styles of humor that gently lead to the emotional climax of the story and its life-affirming resolution. Everyone from Sid Caesar, Cesar Romero, Cal Worthington, and Laurel and Hardy turn up in some fashion to help advance the plot.

The Golgotha Project tells the story of Jesus and his disciples through “eyewitnesses” to the events of those few weeks, piecing together their tiny slices of memories to create a vivid picture of this man Jesus and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Director Zimmer brings excellent energy to the production, and develops fine timing among the large cast, moving them in and out of the creative but simple set.

Skip Pipo gracefully ties everything together as Narrator, ably assisted by scribes Bradley T. Bornemann as Jacob and Norma Burgess as Noemi. Tim Aberdeen and Stanley Brown excel as “we’ve got a deal!” rug sellers the Rumani brothers, along with fine work by Tom Reilly.

The Golgotha Project imaginatively but warmly brings the Easter story and its wonders to life.

ELATE Theatre presents The Golgotha Project Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., at the Lincoln Stegman Theatre located at 6020 Radford Ave. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $12; $10 for seniors and kids thirteen and under. Call (818) 509-0882 for reservations, group rates, and information, or visit elatefaithweb.com.

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