Twelve-year-old Acacia Mitchell has written a special Easter play

Twelve-year-old playwright tackles the story of Easter

Script features news crew covering biblical events

  • Apr. 1, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Terry Farrell

Record Staff

Acacia Mitchell has just written her second play.

Not bad for a 12-year-old.

Mitchell has written – and plays a leading role in – Who is He? The Real Story, a modern-day adaptation of the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Her play will be performed at the Bay Community Church’s Easter Sunday service (10 a.m., April 5).

The plot follows three reporters from the Bethlehem Times, who have been sent by their editor to cover the crucifixion of Jesus.

The media members are recurring roles from Mitchell’s first play, a similar storyline, surrounding the birth of Christ.

That play was presented at the church’s Christmas service.

Mitchell has been working on the Easter script for more than two months, having started this one shortly after the Christmas performance was complete.

It’s a lot of work for single-performance plays. She said what she takes out of the experience makes all the work worth its while.

“I get the opportunity to be with people, to express my work, to grow in my writing, and to grow in my faith of Jesus,” she said. “I went though numerous drafts with this one. The first draft I wrote in about two days, but then there was a lot of editing and tweaking, as I sent emails to people getting advice.”

There is a cast of more than a dozen in the play, which will account for roughly 20 minutes of the Easter Sunday service.

Indeed, Acacia has a bit of pull with Bay Community Church – her father, David, is the pastor.

But this isn’t a case of dad leaning on his daughter to come up with content for a special service.

“If anything, it’s the other way around,” said Acacia. “I have to pressure him to allow me to do it! I’ve been writing short skits often for our services, but that’s really my thing. No one had ever really done that before and it was my idea.

“So I think even if I wasn’t the pastor’s daughter, I still would have wanted to write this play. This isn’t my parents’ faith. This is my faith.”

“There are things we do in terms of teaching our kids, but what they do in terms of vocation and using their gifts is something that we just try to spot what’s happening and go along with it, as best as we can,” said Dave. “We just try to keep up with them.”

Lenna Heffernan is directing the Easter production and said Acacia has a special talent.

“She has a natural gift of understanding the flow of a story, and the proper way of weaving a story, even combining past and future,” said Heffernan. “Even the way she took characters from her Christmas play and built on them. She has a talent, for sure.”

The public is welcome to attend the service and see Acacia’s production.

editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Courtenay family looking for help after baby born two months premature

A GoFundMe page has been set up as a difficult pregnancy and a long stay in Victoria have left the family struggling to get by

Land & Sea Brewing Company opens its doors in Comox

Managing director says the brewery will be a compliment to the Valley’s craft beer scene

Two Courtenay Habitat for Humanity families receive keys to new homes

Lake Trail Road project officially has residents

Preparations ongoing for Courtenay’s annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner

The doors of the Florence Filberg Centre, downtown Courtenay, will open again… Continue reading

CFIA announces recall of some types of cauliflower, lettuce due to E. coli fears

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain types of cauliflower and lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle and President Trump’s Twitter feed.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top; ‘Mortal Engines’ tanks

“Spider-Verse” has been very well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A+ CinemaScore.

Canadians spent almost $64,000 on goods and services in 2017

Households in B.C. each spent $71,001 with housing costs contributing to higher average

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally in Grande Prairie

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight on Friday, Dec. 21

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

Most Read