History - Making HIM Known Since 1998

 
BIBLE ACTORS' PASSION PLAY

In the summer of 1998 Bible Actors Productions performed its first original theater production....Yes, back in those days Bible Actors consisted of fourteen kids, a few cardboard walls, and a tape recorder. But we didn’t let that stop us!

"Go into the all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation." -Jesus Christ [Mark 16:15]

 
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

In the year 2000, DreamWorks Animation gave the Bible Actors permission to adapt The Prince of Egypt for the stage. With the talents of the growing cast and crew and the use of creative special effects, Bible Actors presented an imaginative theatrical experience.

 
THE BRONZE BOW

Pictured: The Bible Actors shoot footage for their multimedia rendition of Elizabeth George Speare’s The Bronze Bow in 2001.

In order to capture the power and scope of the story, film clips were created to coincided with the live stage production. The multi-media presentation included cutting edge soundtrack and riveting performances by a forty person ensemble cast.

 
THE MEDIATOR

In February of 2003, Bible Actors Productions premiered their original human video The Mediator at a local youth group. The response was incredible! Since then the seven minute presentation of the Gospel (set to Kutless’ hit Your Touch) has been performed over 60 times.

 

The drama paints a clear picture of the barrier of sin that separates God and Man and explains, without words, that Jesus sacrificed himself to bridge that gap and bring us back to our Creator.

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and man, He is the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.”
[1 Timothy 2:5]

 

Bible Actors toured with The Mediator throughout 2003-04 and 2008-10. It has been performed by several overseas missions teams and is still revived regularly by the Bible Actors allowing many thousands of people to hear the message of God’s justice, love and forgiveness.

2008-2010 Cast: Ryan Sobleskey, Rich Freeland, and Kevin VanDerhoof

 
YOUR KINGDOM COME

In 2007-08 Bible Actors toured throughout Michigan with an all-original epic Your Kingdom Come. This mythical adventure tells the story of an immortal Prince and his brave attempt to rescue and redeem his bride.

With intriguing characters, beautiful costumes, and thought-provoking symbolism, Your Kingdom Come is an entertaining and eye opening experience for all audiences.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:8]

 
A CHIRSTMAS CAROL

In December of 2008 Bible Actors adaption of Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol returned to the stage for a packed out five-show tour!

Bold elements found in Dickens original story create a powerful, relevant, heartwarming perspective on Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. VIEW TRAILER!

Creative music selections, brilliant period costumes, and unforgettable characters breathe new life into this beloved Christmas story.

 
THE OTHER WISEMAN

In Search of the King...

In 2009 Bible Actors Productions brought to life the classic story of ‘The Other Wiseman.’ The adaptation reimagines the 1896 short story by Henry Van Dyke with inspiring new characters and ambitious scene creations. VIEW TRAILER!


“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” -Jesus Christ [Matthew 25:40]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998 Cast

In picture (from left): Daniel Hancock, Keegan Guyer, Jesse Foster, Andy Gillies, Eliza Hancock, Caleb Hancock, Stephen Johnson, James Kimmey, Jake Hancock, Jordan Kimmey, Jared Kimmey, Lisa (Frazee) Fields, Rivan Frazee, Rachel (Frazee) Dugan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Passion

The Bible Actors portray the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the 1999 production of ‘The Passion of Jesus Christ.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999 Cast

The 1999 Cast and Crew take a bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince of Egypt

Jared Kimmey (left) led the cast as Moses, along with Jacob Hancock as Ramses, and Stephen Johnson as Pharaoh. Eliza Hancock (right) plays a Hebrew slave oppressed by Egyptian soldiers in the opening number ‘Deliver Us’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bronze Bow

Rachel (Frazee) Dugan and Caleb Hancock on the film set for ‘Daniel’s Story’ video clip for ‘The Bronze Bow’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001 Cast

The Director and Cast backstage two minutes to curtain. Almost ready to go.

 

 

 

Jacob Hancock (as God), Dominik Lampman (as Jesus) and Jordan Kimmey (as Adam) were the original cast for The Mediator.

 

 

The 2004 Passionate Tour included live worship and musical performances, as well as original poetry and dramatic presentations that creativly surrounded The Mediator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingdom of Parables

From Left: Chad Zumbaugh, Matthew Thomas, Daniel Hancock, and Laurie Freeland portray immortal Kings and soldiers of justice.

 

Vanessa Hancock in Make Up for ‘Your Kingdom Come’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serpants of Old

Left: Rich Freeland, Brent Langenberg, and Lisa (Frazee) Fields plot a dark rebellion.

Brent Langenberg,

Rebekah Richards, and

Kevin VanDerhoof rehearse the final fight sequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love as Strong as Death

Prince Callum (Matthew Thomas) pledges his love to Leivia (Rachel Dugan) in the face of her trechery.

2008 Cast

Rich Freeland, Steve Baker, Brent Langenberg, Lisa (Frazee) Fields, Jason Kuepfer, Rebekah (Richards) VanDerhoof, Vanessa Hancock, Kevin VanDerhoof, Jennifer (Zumbaugh) Curtiss, Matthew Thomas, Rachel Dugan, Daniel Hancock, Chad Zumbaugh, Laura Richards, Laurie Freeland, Ann (Rhodes) Kuepfer. Not seen: Sarah (Rhodes) Arritt and John Link).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Have Much To See

Matthew Thomas leads the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge while Rebecca Mangopoulos shines as The Ghost of Christmas Past.

Jacob Marley's Ghost (Rich Freeland) warns Scrooge from the grave.

 

Elizabeth Dumont and Miguel Sanchez portray Young Ebenezer and Young Fan.

 

 

 

When the Bell Tolls

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future pose for a final photo shoot.

Rich & Laurie Freeland, Christine Landers, Kirsten Smith, Jasan Boles Jr., and Nathan Boles make an excelent Cratchit family.

 

 

 

Fezziwigs Wearhouse

The Cast from Scrooges past create the world of 1820 London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Freeland (Aidan the Nemrott, Bob Cratchit) led the cast as Artaban, the other wiseman, who sets out on a quest to follow the Christmas star to the birthplace of the King of kings. Matthew Thomas (Prince Callum, Ebenezer Scrooge) costared as Orantes, Artaban's reluctant servant.

 

 

 

The production also featured the talents of  Joshua Hartley, Ethan Sims and Rebekah (Richards) VanDerhoof, with many other colorful performances in this intriguing legend that begins in the Mountains of Persia, explores the far reaches of the known world, and searches the innermost thoughts of the heart of man.

 

 

Director Daniel Hancock with actors Matthew Thomas and Richard Freeland Nov. 2009.