|Associate Pastor David Ames portrays Leonardo da Vinci. Photo by Jim Baker Photography.|
NAPLES—Leonardo Da Vinci’s "The Last Supper" painting portrays the shocked reactions of the 12 Disciples when Jesus tells them that one of them will betray him that very night. On Maundy Thursday every even year, North Naples Church brings the famous painting to life. "The Last Supper Alive" is a dramatic worship service that provides a unique way to experience the reactions that Leonardo da Vinci painted.
The production began in 2010 and features an original script produced by the church’s Associate Pastor, David Ames, who portrays Leonardo da Vinci, interpreting the characters from scripture to art. “This role as Leonardo, the on-stage narrator, allows me to weave the scenes together and to offer some early church context, art history, and add some humor.”
This special service includes the invitation for all guests to receive Holy Communion served by the volunteer actors as Jesus’s disciples.
Several men have participated in the production from the start: Jim Baker as Thaddeus, Mike Edwards as John, Rob Lancaster as Philip, and David Weeks as Judas.
Over 900 guests attended the noon and 7:00 PM showings on March 29.
Watch the full recording of the production embedded below.