It all started with an idea for a musical drama telling a Bible story with a contemporary twist.

Seventeen years later, the idea has turned into an annual event the Lampasas community looks forward to with anticipation: the Family Bible School, held this year Monday through Thursday at the First Street Church of Christ, 201 W. First St., Lampasas.

“Daniel” will be presented nightly from at the church as part of the Family Bible School. Registration begins at 6 each night, followed by singing from 6:30 to 6:50. Then, children and adults attend classes. The musical drama begins at 8 p.m.

Drama directors Jesse and Jana Cox have been cast members of the musical drama each year, and have taken the roles of co-directors of this years’ play about the story of the life of Daniel. Daniel (played by Michael Fisher ) and his Jewish friends have been taken captive by the Bablonian empire, but they remain faithful to God and pray three times a day, even when prayer is prohibited by royal decree.

“Everyone is working hard to learn their lines and songs and project to the audience,” said Jesse Cox, who also plays the part of Belshazzar, the son of King Nebuchadnezzar. “And we think the audience will be excited when they see how Daniel’s friends escape unharmed from the fiery furnace, and Daniel survives the lion’s den.”

Members of the congregation — including youth, adults and senior citizens — practiced at least two nights a week in preparation for the four-day production.

According to Rocky Moncus, pulpit minister, FBS is the one event the entire membership supports.

“We have members baking cookies, teaching classes, serving as group leaders, registering the children as they arrive and being cast members in the musical drama — everyone gets involved, Moncus said.

Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. This year’s adult class will be taught by Tim Denton, pulpit minister for the Vanderveer Church of Christ in Burnet.

For more information, call 512-556-3716 during regular business hours.

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