WORLD Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) organisers have announced the main cast for the Stations of the Cross (SOTC) performance which will take place at various Sydney CBD locations in July.
The main cast members are: Alfio Stuto (to play Jesus), Marina Dickson (Mary), Don McDonald (Pontius Pilate), Chehade Richa (Judas) and Mark McCormick (Peter).
Alfio told the Sydney Morning Herald it was an honour for him to play such an important role.
“My faith is very important to me and my whole life and I wouldn’t take this lightly,” he said.
Cardinal George Pell of Sydney and WYD08 co-ordinator Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher met the four Jesus finalists and the two finalists for the part of Mary on March 28 to decide who would play the coveted roles.
“We were all very impressed with the short list … and are confident that those who have been selected will deliver a most spectacular Stations of the Cross re-enactment,” Cardinal Pell said.
“The Stations of the Cross was a most memorable part of the Toronto WYD – it will be wonderful to have these young people demonstrate in such a powerful and dramatic way the great love God has for all of us.”
Stations of the Cross director Fr Franco Cavarra will now begin rehearsals with the cast to prepare the actors for their “big moment” on the world’s stage.
“I’m extremely delighted to introduce to the world this wonderful group of young people as they embark on what will hopefully be a life-changing experience,” Fr Cavarra said.
“The cast were selected for their individual strengths as well as the dramatic impact that I am certain they will deliver during this exciting performance.”
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