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A performance of biblical proportions

Posted: November 11, 2008 8:40 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2008 4:59 a.m.

The "wedding party" lifts their glasses as a toast is given for the new couple during a dress rehearsal Monday night for the play "When It's Gone," being put on by New Life Assembly of God.

New Life Assembly of God presents the musical drama "When It's Gone" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are free and doors open 6:30 p.m. at 27053 Honby Ave. in Canyon Country.

"It's a modern-day story of Job, from the Bible, where he loses it all and regains it because of his faithfulness," said Dan Paulson, who plays lead character Jedidiah Weiss. "The main message is faith and belief in God. God can do all things."

"When It's Gone" is an original story of loss, love and redemption written by brother and sister playwrights Stanton and Susan Rutledge from SSR Productions and performed by members of the SCV Actors Studio.

"This play is about what to do when you lose everything," Stanton Rutledge said. "My sister and I wrote this story about a contemporary businessman. This guy has everything and then God and Satan, good and evil, start battling to win this guy over. Throughout the whole play you see the battle going on. Does he really still have faith in what the big picture is, does he still have faith in God, in friends, family? Or is it all about the money?"

The play attempts to relate modern problems with Biblical solutions.

"To do a production like this is a ministry to people in the community," said Robynn Creitz, who plays Jedidiah's wife Naomi. "It tells a story that everyone can relate to, especially in today's economy. These people have it all; they have money, they have a beautiful home, they have a wonderful family, and one by one things are taken away from them.

"They find out what's really important in life - their love for each other."

The play deals with life issues that people face every day. Actors engage the audience in the struggles and triumphs of the characters in an interactive experience.

"It (depicts) the trials and tribulations of the human race, with God's hand guiding all His children to give them the message that He's always there," said Don Pittman, who plays God. "No matter what happens to you, God is always there to support you."

Call (661) 251-2770 for more information.


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