WHO ARE WE?
We are your neighbors, the people who live and work in your community, fellow church members, tourists visiting in your area, your friends, your family ………… we are ordinary people with an extraordinary story to tell.
HIS LAST DAYS began in the summer of 1984 when Carole Murphy, a United Methodist pastor’s wife, began to call on friends – acquaintances - community members – and even total strangers – to help her create an outdoor passion play based on the cantata by Dallas Holm, “His Last Days.” The first year about 48 people donned homemade costumes and formed scenes of Jesus’ life around a mountain lake as choir and narrator told the story. Many people caught Carole’s vision and HIS LAST DAYS has grown into a yearly regional event dedicated to worshipfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
HIS LAST DAYS originator and visionary, Carole Murphy, writes, "Shortly after arriving in Rabun County in 1982, I began to have a dream of producing an outdoor drama which would depict the life and ministry of Jesus and which would utilize the beautiful, natural scenery of the mountains. HIS LAST DAYS is a result of this dream. A choir and soloists provide live music and a narrator tells the "old, old story" as the scenes are enacted of Jesus' teachings, healings, arrest, trials, crucifixion, burial and resurrection."
Since 1984 the outdoor version of His Last Days, has been a unique presentation of the Gospels' account of Jesus' ministry and final days. Staged in a large outdoor setting, it draws from the natural surroundings and simple actions of the cast to create a visual mosaic of the scenes of Jesus life. Cast members do not speak lines. Instead, the story is told in motion, music, and narration. The realism of the drama comes from the genuine expressions of ordinary people of all ages, as they respond to the message of the scenes. It is not "acted." Many spontaneous scenes occur that add immense richness of detail to the portrayal. They are genuinely and worshipfully experienced by those participating in costume. For this reason, no two presentations are exactly alike.