THE SHOWBIZ term ‘break a leg’ became reality for Tony Barnes, this year’s Moogerah Passion Play director.
In a fall from a roof he suffered multiple fractures, a cracked vertebra and a smashed heel.
Yet if you visit the Lake Theatre at Lake Moogerah on a Saturday afternoon you will find him directing the cast of players and, while he might not be running across the 80 metre stage, he barely has a limp.
Mr Barnes is well-versed in amateur and professional theatre and with the help of a Queensland Government Regional Arts Grant, the Moogerah Passion Play has been able to employ him to direct this year’s production of He’s Alive!
Under the direction of Mr Barnes, who worships with the Salvation Army, the script was altered to direct it at nonbelievers as well as the converted.
He starts the play with a young sceptic who, by the end of the play, is firmly convinced that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
After his fall, the miracles of healing in the Gospels have taken on new meaning for Mr Barnes and his direction gives special emphasis to these.
This is the 18th year of the Moogerah Passion Play Association.
Performances will be on 16, 17, 22, and 23 April.
All performances start at 5pm and are free.
Visitors are advised to bring a rug or a chair, and warm clothing.
For information visit click here, or phone 5463 5691
Photo : Moogerah Passion Play director, Tony Barnes, rehearses with young actors. Photo courtesy of Carroll Simons