The cast sings and dances as a live band plays in the opening scene of “Messiah, an Easter Drama” during a Wednesday rehearsal at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta. The musical can be seen Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. in the church at 15 Wilson St. in Augusta. They’ve been putting on the song-filled interpretation of the New Testament Bible story of Jesus’ birth, preaching, crucifixion and resurrection for over 20 years, but had to take the last two Easters off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A choir sings beside Mary and Joseph kneeling with baby Jesus during a Wednesday rehearsal for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

The three wise men bring gifts to the baby Jesus while rehearsing for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” on Wednesday at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

Kaydance Cole, left, plays a leper thanking Jesus, played by Richard Roach, center, for miraculously curing him during a scene for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” Wednesday at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

A costumed choir sings Wednesday during rehearsal for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

Jesus, played by Richard Roach, carries a cross down the middle aisle on his way to be crucified during a Wednesday rehearsal for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

Jesus, played by Richard Roach, hangs from a cross during a Wednesday rehearsal for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

Jesus, played by Richard Roach, walks out of a tomb after rising from the dead Wednesday during a rehearsal for “Messiah, an Easter Drama” at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

Jesus, played by Richard Roach, walks down the aisle Wednesday after rising from the dead in the final scene of “Messiah: an Easter Drama,” during rehearsal at the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta.

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