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Church drama highlights book of Acts

April 14, 2012
The Alpena News

"Acts the 3 Man Show," a bold, action-packed and moving drama that highlights stories from the New Testament book of Acts, is coming to Word of Life Baptist Church.

Performances are planned for April 27-28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The drama is an acting tour-de-force from three performers with MFA's in theatre and numerous TV credits among them including 24, ER, Lie to Me, House MD, Flashforward, Cold Case and The Shield. There is also an original score by award-winning composer Gustav Hoyer that includes world-winds instrumentalist Pedro Eustache, who is the featured artist on "The Passion of the Christ" soundtrack.

Brought to life will be the monumental events of the early church such as the stoning of Stephen, Peter's bold sermon at Pentecost, the conversion of Saul, the riot in Jerusalem when Paul is nearly killed for preaching Christ, the epic storm and shipwreck from Acts 27, Paul's trials before Nero and many other scenes.

Professional Los Angeles based actors and fellow believers Bryce Lenon, J.D. Jackson, and Vinicius Machado star in a full-length, three-man show. The drama completed its theatrical debut in Los Angeles in 2011 and was a resounding success. Now they are taking it on the road.

The show has gained a reputation for biblical accuracy and artistic excellence. The actors were invited to perform it for 1,500 pastors and church members at the 2012 Shepherds' Conference, the annual landmark event hosted by Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif.

Fact Box

Word of Life Baptist Church

"Acts the 3 Man Show"

April 27-28 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $12 in advance

$15 at the door

For more information : or 354-8019

Lenon, the author and director of "Acts the 3-Man Show," appears as Paul, Caiaphas and Herod. He holds an MFA in Theatre from Temple University and has been working steadily in stage, film, and television for over 15 years. He has guest-starred in 24, Cold Case, Lie to Me, Crossing Jordan, and had a recurring role on The Division.

Lenon also is the featured narrator for Hoyer's ground-breaking "Orchestra Unleashed," where he recently headlined a dramatic presentation of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" accompanied by a full orchestra behind him. His passion is to glorify Christ with his talents and to produce professional, biblical dramas for the stage.

Lenon is married to Abby, and has three children, Calvin, Owen and Piper. He is a member of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley.

Machado, a Brazilian born actor, plays Nero, Stephen and Mark. He has numerous stage and film credits to his name and has guest starred in television shows, including CSI Miami, Southland, Flashforward, The Shield, Cold Case, and had a recurring role on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Machado is married to Luz, and is a devoted father to two sons, Pablo and Israel.

Jackson, who plays Peter, Julius and Barnabas, is an educator, actor, book narrator, writer, but most importantly a God-fearing family man. Currently an adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in Theatre from Temple University and several television and movie credits to his name including guest-star roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and a recurring role on Hack.

Jackson has also recorded numerous audiobooks and recently received an Audiophile Earphone Award for his work on Sharon Draper's "Just Another Hero." He is married to wife, Kenya, and has three sons, Solomon, Langston and Johnathan.

Composer Hoyer is committed to the advancement of excellence in the arts within the Christian community. His music has been heard in concerts, in film and on radio around the world, and has been released on award-winning CDs.

Born in Denver, his musical world was shaped upon first hearing the orchestral music of Beethoven. He has multiple degrees in music and has studied with some of the most celebrated composers of our time. He is the artistic director for Orchestra Unleashed, a project devoted to bringing the power and beauty of the orchestra to new audiences.

Hoyer is married to Nancy and has five children.

For more information about the show, call Word of Life at 354-8019 or go online to



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