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James features prominently in this year's Easter play at CLC
Jesus is portrayed by Ed Montoya in the Christian Life Center's production of "Easter Alive: Jesus Our Brother"
JASON TONN/Courtesy photo

This Easter season brings another "Easter Alive" Passion play to Christian Life Center in Missoula. The church has been producing a Passion play for 19 years. Thousands have attended in past years.

In addition to portraying the events of the Passion week, the church has traditionally woven another storyline into the production. New elements are included with the traditional Easter story each year.

This year's story revolves around James, the brother of Jesus. James was a devout man and loved his brother, Jesus, but did not make a profession of being a follower of Christ until the resurrection, a church press release explains.

The story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith, notes Nancy Ward, director of the play. There is a lot of power and emotion in this story, and the drama is presented in the hopes that it will be an inspiration to those attending, said Ward said.

"Easter Alive: Jesus Our Brother" is a churchwide effort and includes a cast of more than 100 people, live music, dance and special effects.

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Performances started Friday night and continue Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. each night. The play is off on Monday and Tuesday and starts up again Wednesday through Easter Sunday, April 20. All evening performances are at 7:30, except Easter Sunday which is at 6. There are two matinees on the Saturday's, at 3. There is no charge for the performances. There are baskets for donations at the end of the drama.

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