This is the dramatic story of the death and resurrection of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Anthony, a Roman Centurion ordered to carry out his crucifixion. You will feel Anthony's struggle as he tries to make sense of who Jesus is and what that means for him personally. It is the question we all have to answer for ourselves. From the moment it all begins you will find yourself in the middle of the greatest story ever told.
A HUGE thank you to all those whose names do not appear in the program who donated time, services and resources to help make Bow the Knee a success!
Warning : Bow the Knee contains several scenes depicting violence that may be unsuitable for young children.
Rey Reynolds, James Taylor*
Jason Parrish, Jordon Crider*
Mark Dahl, Robert Lasco
Zach Phillips, Calen Bergren*
Kim Swenson, Kristi Holm
Macari McIntosh, Shelby McCombs
Karl Ronfeld, Matthew Harmon
Steve Fleischmann, Dave Pemberton
Matthew Harmon, Rafael Rodriguez,
Koby Padilla, Logan Swenson
Joseph of Arimathea
Jacob Hansel, Aiden Candee
John Anderson, Dale Lindstrom
Two Small Sons
Reuben Kastine, Justice Woltersdorf,
Michael Beshai, Forrest Mash
Mikayla Meuler, Aveline Bafford,
Jules Hansel, Henley Dold
Dead Child's Father
Dwight Hansel, Eric Anderson
Dead Child's Mother
Constance Hansel, Lindsay Peebles
Aiden Meuler, Justice Woltersdorf, Israel Woltersdorf
Healed in the Crowd
Regina Carpenter, Kathy Crider, Jacob Hansel
Aaron Chumbley, Jordon Crider, Steve Davis, Gary Dupuy, Gregg Durmaz, Justin Ferguson, Jeremy Friedland, Dave Josephson, Josh Meuler, Kelly Shinners, Garren White
Travyn Hansel, Jeremy Harmon, Matthew Harmon,
Ken Harris, Clint Hartwig, Ben Kastine, Jason Lowe,
Peter Lundahl, Josh Mash, Chris McCombs, JJ Monahan,
John Pemberton, Karl Ronfeld, Jared Wallingford
* denotes understudy
Order of Program
+ Denotes dramatic action in the aisles. Please stay in your seat. Thank you.
JESUS, OUR SAVIOR IS BORN
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Jesus, Savior Friend
(+ The Nativity, Herod's Order & Barabbas' Family)
12 Years Later...
THE BOY, JESUS
Call to Worship
20 Years Later...
(+ Barabbas Arrested)
THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
One Day Every Knee Shall Bow
(+ The Conflict)
Bow the Knee
(+ The Accusers)
When I Fall Down
+ Prepare the Way
(The Last Supper, Judas Betrays Jesus, + The Garden)
So All Alone
They Cried Crucify
(+ The Trial)
THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS
+ Watch the Lamb
Alas and Did My Savior Bleed
Bow the Knee
More Than Just A Man
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
+ Arise My Love
+ Finale : One Day Every Knee Shall Bow
Cory Maus, Jim Best, Sean Candee,
Alaina Candee, Logan Maus, Brian Millett
Janna Bestul, Tricia Clemons, Jessie Dutton,
Tom Hunter, Sarah Kryger, Scot Lubbers, Denise Marx,
Sophie Parrish, Colleen Souders, Jim Souders
Set Build Team
Jim Hestand & Crew
Set Design / Props
Tricia Clemons, Kristi Holm, Colleen Souders, Kim Swenson, Meredith Taylor, Liz Valentine
Kristi Holm, Annette Anderson, Amity Candee, Allison Friedland, Jennifer Gage, Abbie Heriford, Summer Heriford,
Amanda Holm, Bobbi Mash, Danielle Meuler
Kim Swenson & Crew
Terry & René Mash
Jennifer Dahl, Connie Ethridge, Virginia Entenman, Jessica Holtman, Linda Phemister, Gini Roskam
Marci Bohac, Mindy Chumbley, Michelle Kastine,
Jolene McCombs, Jill Williamson
Denise Marx & Crew
Usher / Greeter
Gary Rightenour & Crew
Brenda Harmon & Crew
Terms & Definitions
In Bow the Knee the song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, based on Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:32, is being sung by Mary as she is expecting Baby Jesus. She is rolling lengths of cloth that were customarily used to both swaddle infants in and to wrap the bodies of the dead for burial. It is symbolic of both the birth and death of Jesus.
In this scene the character, Barabbas, references the Sicarii. The Sicarii were a splinter group of the Jewish Zealots who, in the decades preceding Jerusalem's destruction in 70 CE, heavily opposed the Roman occupation of Judea and attempted to expel them and their sympathizers from the area. The Sicarii carried sicae, or small daggers, concealed in their cloaks. At public gatherings, they pulled out these daggers to attack Romans and Hebrew Roman sympathizers alike, blending into the crowd after the deed to escape detection.
Bow the Knee is a drama that combines both historically accurate characters and events with some added for the story. While the stories surrounding Anthony, Marcus, Eli, Barabbas and others contain dramatic creativity, the story, message and truth of Jesus is biblically foundational.
Bow the Knee is written by Chris Machen & Richard Kingsmore.
Produced with special arrangements of Lillenas Publishing Company.
From the Director
It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to direct Bow the Knee for the past 20 years. I have watched an entire generation of kids grow into young adults taking lead roles in the Cast, Choir and Crew. For them, Easter has revolved around Bow the Knee. I have brothers and sisters in the faith who have journeyed with me, some of them from year one. Tens of thousands of people have seen the story of Jesus through Bow the Knee. Thousands of people have made first time decisions to follow Jesus, recommit their lives, and find church families because of Bow the Knee. It is truly a unique, multigenerational ministry.
To all of you who have participated in Bow the Knee over the last 20 years, thank you. You have poured your lives, time, talent, energies and resources into it and have made a difference in people's lives. Well done!
To my leadership crew, I marvel at your talents, work ethic and dedication to something that at times has come at great personal sacrifice. You are ministry giants!
To my wife and family who have been with me every step of the way: I have no adequate words to express my love, gratitude and admiration. It has truly been a family effort for the whole journey. I am truly blessed.
As I have said every year, we are just ordinary people, sometimes painfully so, that God is using in an extraordinary way. We all need truth, grace and forgiveness. Let's always extend that to each other.
James Taylor, BTK Director