Southlake resident Tammy Lane is serious about sharing her faith.“I have a passion and desire to portray the events of the Bible in a very real and memorable way, as if you were really there,” she said.Lane spent years developing a location where she could play out her passion. The result is in a ranch in Parker County, about an hour’s drive.But there’s inspiration at the end of this road trip. Capernaum, about 10 miles north of Weatherford on Farm Road 920 near Peaster, is a believable replica of a first-century village.On March 23-24 and 29-30, it will come to life with its first performance in years of the Passover Experience.Visiting Capernaum is like finding yourself 2,000 years in the past, walking through a village of stone buildings among actors using authentic props and costumes.More than 80 actors and numerous volunteers are essential for performances expected to draw huge crowds. As entertaining as it’s sure to be, the goal is to inform people of the Judeo/Christian background. There’s a lot more to Passover and Easter than matzo and eggs, and Creative Director Frankie Aglio said he and his group want to tell the whole tale.“Easter; everyone knows about it being the day of the resurrection, but there is so much more,” he said. “We want to open people’s eyes to what it was like and how God brought his people out of bondage and out of Egypt. It’s going to be really exciting.”The tour begins in a section of the village where the Passover celebration has begun.Child actors perform the afikomen hunt, a tradition where bread is broken into three pieces and one piece, the most important, is hidden. The piece represents Jesus and the promise of his return. The child who finds the missing piece gets a treat.From there, guests visit a home where a family is enjoying a Passover feast, Aglio said.“They will have all of the elements of the Passover with the lamb and bitter herbs and it will all be explained in great detail of what it was all about,” he said.Visitors can listen in on Judas’ conversation with the chief Sanhedrin priests as he makes a deal to betray Jesus.Later, guests watch Jesus and his disciples eat together at the Last Supper. The experience ends in a theater where a short film explains the crucifixion, Lane said.Performances are continuous from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for children 12 and under. Go to TammyLaneProductions.com for more information and group discounts.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @LanceWinter