Church production becomes a passion for recording studio owner

August 26, 1994|By Karen Zeiler | Karen Zeiler,Contributing Writer

Troy Carver will cap weeks of hard work when he takes the stage tomorrow night in the First Assembly of God's fourth annual passion play, "No Other Name but Jesus."

Besides having the lead role in the production, Mr. Carver is helping direct it, record the musical score and coordinate its filming.

The undertaking has left the 25-year-old weary but looking forward to the culmination of many long hours in his Manchester recording studio, UK Recording.

"It's been a tremendous job," he said. This year marks his second of playing Jesus and his fourth with a role in the play.

Mr. Carver, who works in the maintenance department at Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center, has stayed up past midnight almost every night for the past six weeks recording and mixing the play's 15 songs.

"He had people marching in there every night," said Rick High of Manchester, who plays a disciple.

Mr. Carver said recording the songs beforehand -- which is new this year -- will result in higher-quality production and make the job of stand-ins easier.

While he has done all of the recording himself, Mr. Carver has enlisted Jim Ball and Glenn Oliver to help with the filmmaking. Both have worked with Mr. Carver in his studio on radio and TV commercials.

Mr. Oliver, who owns Westminster Video Productions, is providing two television cameras that will be used to film each of the four performances. He is offering his service at substantial discount.

Mr. Oliver said he usually charges about $200 to $300 a day to rent cameras and equipment and about $60 an hour to edit raw footage.

Mr. Carver said the project has meant a lot of out-of-pocket expenses for many church members, but volunteers such as Mr. Ball and Mr. Oliver have helped make the project affordable.

He said a film like this could cost $30,000, but will be kept within a budget of about $5,000.

For a live performance, I think they're going to get a very good finished product that everyone should be proud of," Mr. Oliver said.

Two weeks ago, several players joined Mr. Carver on a farm outside Taneytown to shoot aerial footage that for the film. A helicopter, rented from a company in Frederick, was used for the daylong shoot.

not a person to do something halfway. If it's going to have my name on it, I want it to be top notch," Mr. Carver said.

When the video is complete, he said, the church plans to create a fund from sales to support future passion plays.

Mr. Carver, who has worked with producers at Prestige Cable, said the film will be shown on a local cable channel in the next year.

Like Mr. Carver, other church members have committed a lot of time and energy to the project.

Jan Hagedorn, the play's director, wrote the script with Mr. Carver. Kathy Rush, who is active in church work, oversees the 30 committees that were formed to coordinate everything from costumes and advertising to makeup and props.

Among those props are 20 4-foot-by-3-foot banners made by Wynne Boone of Gamber. The banners, which will be unfurled during the finale, "will summarize in words and color what the story is about," she said.

Mrs. Boone also appears in the play as a townsperson. Her

husband, Don, will portray a disciple.

For many involved, the passion play has been a family project.

Mr. Carver's sister, Rachel, will play a townsperson, and his brother, Brent, will play one of the thieves who is crucified beside Jesus. His father, Charles, has helped with the design and construction of the sets.

The play also has been a family affair for Mr. High, who is participating for the first time with his wife, Kellie, who will play Mary, and 8-year-old daughter, Kaleigh.

Kaleigh will greet Jesus with several other children at the beginning of the play and appear again by herself after Jesus has been removed from the cross.

"When the Spirit gets a hold of you, you do things you nevethought you would," Mr. Highsaid. "It's really going to be quite moving."

The play will be presented tomorrow and Sunday and Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 on the hillside next to the church near Cranberry Mall in Westminster. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

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