|Faith West Academy Alumnus to Play Jesus|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:18|
The president of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX), Dr. Randy O'Rear, has selected Chase Riggs to play Jesus in the 74th Easter Pageant held in April 2013. Each year, Dr. O'Rear chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude.
Chase, (Class of 2009 at Faith West Academy), is a junior chemistry major with an emphasis in education from Katy, Texas. Chase has been involved in Miss MHB Pageant (tech director), Crusader Knights (tech director), Young Life (college leader), Stunt Night, and is a student worker in the Media Services Office.
This past year, Riggs was Judas in the Easter Pageant. Other FWA Alumni that had roles in the 73rd Easter Pageant were Adam Long (FWA Class of 2007) as Peter, and Nathan Long (FWA Class of 2009), as Joseph of Arimathea. Nathan will be one of the disciples in the 2013 Easter Pageant.
The tradition of the annual Easter Pageant began in 1940 when it was held during the afternoon on Easter Day. At that time, the school was not co-ed, so all of the roles were played by women. Over time, the production expanded to include male students and extra performances.