Crosses on the Cape: an Easter Sun­day sur­prise for Bon­av­ista

Cast and crew of ‘The Crown’ pas­sion play de­cides to put props to one more use

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

Res­i­dents in Bon­av­ista awoke on Easter Sun­day morn­ing to a sur­prise on the Cape.

Stand­ing promi­nently on the bar­ren land­scape were three crosses to mark Easter Sun­day, April 1.

The crosses were planned as a bit of a sur­prise by the cast and crew of “The Crown” a pas­sion play which was per­formed at The Gar­rick The­atre this past week.

Paul Babineau helps or­ga­nize and pro­duce the play and he told The Packet they got the idea once they be­gan tak­ing the props out of the the­atre.

“The idea got birthed to put them to use for a cou­ple days be­fore we pack them away for a fu­ture pro­duc­tion, if there is one,” said Babineau.

He and three oth­ers from the play got to­gether Satur­day night and erected the crosses.

“(It was) with the hopes of hav­ing a nice lit­tle Easter morn­ing dis­play set up there,” he said.

The group has per­formed a pas­sion play at the Bon­av­ista the­atre for the past few years now, with a cast of over 25 ac­tors from seven churches of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions from ar­eas of the penin­sula, like Bon­av­ista, Port Union and Champ­ney’s West. They re­hearsed twice a week since Jan­uary.

The cross bases are heavy and free-stand­ing, made of lum­ber and ply­wood. The crosses them­selves are made of solid spruce — 6 inches by 6 inches by 10 feet.

Babineau says he knows quite a bit of traf­fic heads out to Cape Bon­av­ista, and he’s got­ten some pos­i­tive feed­back.

“I thought it would be a nice teach­ing mo­ment be­cause there are a lot of par­ents that ride out there with chil­dren. With what the cross is about, I thought it’d give a nice illustration.”

While the re­ac­tion was mainly pos­i­tive, at one point — after think­ing the wind blew one of the crosses down — they found out some­one tried to take them down. But some of the cast mem­bers put it back up.

Babineau says the play it­self went very well again this year — sell­ing out at the Gar­rick.

“We had a great time. We’re like fam­ily to­gether and it’s the high­light of our year just be­ing to­gether that much.”

He adds they’re for­tu­nate to be able to have ac­cess to the Gar­rick be­cause the sound, light­ing and space are “top­notch.” They’re able to put off a show they other­wise wouldn’t be able to do within a church.

STEPHEN TREMBLETT PHOTO

The three crosses on Cape Bon­av­ista on Easter Sun­day, April 1.

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