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El Centro church to share Easter message through music

April 05, 2012|By LAURA GONZALEZ | Multimedia Producer
  • Ally Rolfe, 13, practices one of her songs Wednesday for the musical "The Garden" in El Centro.

No matter what struggles in life we face, there is always hope.  That is the message of the oratorio “The Garden” by Michael McLean that will be performed Friday and Saturday by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Centro.

Objects in the musical represent the different obstacles that human beings have to overcome in order to grow, said director Heather Cooper.

“It focuses on the power that Jesus has to save all of us,” Cooper said.

Each object is played by a soloist and each of the songs talk about their struggles.

Brandon Wood plays the savior. He said the biggest message of the play is hope.

“I think a lot of people will be able to gain something from it,” Wood said.

Satan is also represented in the play as a character named “the landlord” to illustrate the temptation that people encounter in life.

All dressed in black to represent the dark nature of the character, Adam Etkins said there is a lot of talent in the musical and he is having a lot of fun.

“We’re here to share a good Easter message,” Etkins said.

Ally Rolfe, 13, plays a seedling that can’t grow and at the end of the play she is able to move past the difficulties and develop. Rolfe is the youngest member of the cast and she said that she is excited about singing in the musical, although a little nervous.

“It’s a great opportunity to help me with my singing and my stage fright,” Rolfe said.

After the play there will be refreshments and an art show by different artists representing the different stages in the life of Jesus Christ.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cooper said everything is centered on Jesus Christ, his life and the sacrifices he made.

“Through Jesus Christ we can find peace,” she said.

Multimedia Producer Laura Gonzalez can be reached at 760-337-3440 or

If you go

What Oratorio “The Garden”

When 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1280 S Eighth St., El Centro


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