South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, March 6, 1987 Page: 3 of 16
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Weekly Easter Sunrise Service rehearsals to begin March 8
By Rachelle Parry Ramon
CORPUS CHRISTI—The young
actors clutched their thin costumes to
try and stay warm in the chill morning
air, their sandaled or bare feet little
comfort. Many had been awake
through the night, too nervous and
busy to sleep at all
The cast and crew had arrived at the
amphitheater at 3 am,, anxious for
this special day to begin. They had
been rehearsing for six weeks and this
day—Easter morning — was the
culmination of their efforts.
The sky was cloudy as people
gathered on the hills and the play com-
menced, but as the story of Jesus’
birth, death and resurrection con-
tinued, the sun broke through in first
soft, then brilliant, rays.
The same scene has been replayed
in this or other locations for the last 44
years and will be reenacted on April 19
in Cole Park as the annual Easier
Organized by Catholic youth in the
area, the service is open to all junior
high- to college-aged Christians as a
special way to celebrate Easier.
Rehearsals will begin Sunday,
March 8, at Cole Park from 2-5 p in.
with a general briefing and signing up
for parts, said Marc Lee, publicity
chairman, The following four Sundays
rehearsals will be held from 1-5 pm,,
with dress rehearsal on April 12 from
11 am, to sundown.
“There are 20 main parts and
several people arc needed for crowd
scenes,1’ said Lee. He suggested that
youth living in areas outside Corpus
Christi can car pool with others,
Easter Sunrise Service is the name
given the non-profit group that coor-
dinates the annua] play. This year’s
officers include Veronica Gonzales,
president, Mel Eribia, vice president,
Lee and Stephanie Moreno, secretary.
Adult sponsors arc Maggie Ybarra
and Mr. and Mrs. Rogclio Montalvo,
“All the money we use for the play
comes from a donation during inter-
mission the year before," said Lee. In
addition, some money is set aside to
give away. This year $200 was given
to the missions in Arteaga.
The cast and sponsors make the
costumes, write the script and prepare
the music, said Lee, who played Jesus
Christ last year and helps provide the
music. "The service is very special to
all of us. It really affects us.1’
For more information, call Lee at
Lee said the group plans to publicize
the play with announcements through
the Caller-Timtt newspaper, flyers
and talking to youth groups in the area
to encourage more people to par-
These scenes (above and lower left) were taken during last year's
Easter Sunrise Service at Cole Park This year rehearsals begin next
Sunday. (Kim Christensen-Bergslrom photos}
Buses available for pope’s trip
Buses will be available to take peo-
ple to San Antonio on Sept. 13, 1987,
when Pope John Paul II is scheduled
to celebrate an outdoor Mass there as
part of his trip to the United Slates.
The cost will be 130 roundtrip, and
buses will leave from Laredo, Corpus
Christi and possibly other towns, A
non re fundable deposit of $10 will
hold your space. The balance of the
cost will be due by June 1,
To make reservations, send the
$10 deposit to the South Texas
Catholic, P.G. Box 4983, Corpus
Christi, 78469, or in care of Ann
Escamilla, 1901 Corpus Christi St.,
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Freeman, Robert E. South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, March 6, 1987, newspaper, March 6, 1987; Corpus Christi, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth840588/m1/3/: accessed August 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .