My transformation into Barabbas


Santa Monica churchHere’s the finished product. I’m standing with Jesus and Malchus, who lost his ear to Peter’s quick sword (but Jesus healed him immediately).

It started with a beard and some mascara to darken the eyebrows.

makeup transformation acting

Somebody said I looked like Abraham Lincoln. Our “makeup room” is actually a classroom of the Lighthouse Church School in Santa Monica.

Lighthouse Church School | Church play

I love acting in church plays! When I was a missionary-pastor in Guatemala, I got all the starring (villain) roles. So when I returned to my church in the States, I thought I’d be a sensation.

But when I gave my first rehearsal performance, the faces of the directors said otherwise. I managed to survive the production and was never asked again. I realized I wasn’t a great actor after all.

Then, the asked me to be Barabbas. The way I see it, they were sitting around asking: “Who’s big and ugly to play Barabbas?” They thought of me.

Good FRiday drama

Then they darkened up my face.

Do you like my mean look?

Barabbas

Wig, robe, hair covering completes!

The sunken eyes help.

Caiphas, Malchus, Jesus, Barrabas

This one includes Caiphas.

When I was little, I didn’t understand what was good about “Good Friday” when basically they brutalized Jesus. Now I understand.

Maybe they’ll give me more acting roles in the future. I told the director that I do deranged villains best. I wonder why those roles come easy for me.

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6 responses to “My transformation into Barabbas

  1. Having been a drama major in college (technically, a Speech/English composite major) I understand completely!

  2. mrsmariposa2014

    I did four years of drama. Loved it. Played old ladies and drug addicts and people with loose screws. My drama teacher always said it was because I had the depth for those parts. That always put a good spin on it for me. Great mean face! Have a blessed Easter! He is risen! Woo hoo!

  3. Wow neat! Good beard!

  4. I’m in the process of planning the same time of event for my church. Any suggestions of where to get costumes like yours?

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