Living Word Outdoor Drama celebrating 40 years

| July 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE – Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of The Living Word Outdoor Drama in Cambridge. The dream and vision of the Rev. Frank Roughton Harvey and his wife Hazel has resulted in a 200 foot replica of an ancient Jerusalem set being constructed in the foothills of a picturesque town in Cambridge. Only through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and support of local churches has the drama continued to fulfill its mission, to bring the scriptures of the gospel to life.

Special events are planned to commemorate and celebrate the community’s 40 years of faith.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 1-2 – Musical guest will be Lowell Thomas both evenings.

Monday, Aug. 11 & Tuesday, Aug. 12, The Memory Man, Tom Meyer – By donation, biblical dramatist, Meyers, retells books of the Bible by memory. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see and hear something truly amazing and powerful.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 8-9 – Musical guest Friday will be Bob Moffett. Musical guest Saturday will be Brent Miller. Join us from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. for the “Jerusalem Experience.” Cost is $7 ages 5 and up. The afternoon includes costume making, wood shop and net mending, story time, basket weaving, animals, and food of the era. Free admission to that night’s performance with your Jerusalem Experience ticket.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 15-16 – Musical guest Friday will be Steve DeMarco. Musical guest Saturday will be Kayela Roberson. Both evenings veterans will be honored with free admission.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 22-23 – Musical guest Friday night will be Bryce Love. Discount pricing for the evening is 4 adult admissions for $40. The drama will not be shown on Saturday, Aug. 23 so we may bring you Gospel & Country legend, Larry Gatlin. Advance tickets are $20 all ages, $25 at the door.

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 29-30 – Musical guest Friday night will be Shirley Marmie. Musical guest Saturday night will be Jack Marlin. Discount pricing for the evening is 40 percent off adult admission with two canned food items.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 5-7 – Café Chocolat’, Women’s Retreat. Take the weekend to savor sweet moments with God, and each other, through worship and discussions. Local Rev. Deborah Bolen of First Christian Church will lead the sessions. Gift bag and special surprises included. Starting at $228 per person and only $145 for locals. Reservations made through Dixie Wyler, Cambridge Visitors & Convention Bureau Sales Manager at 740-432-2022.

Saturday, Sept. 13 – Book signing with award winning romance novelist, Wanda Brunstettler. She has led millions of readers to lose their hearts in the Amish life in over 60 books and seven million copies sold. Her newest released novel is included. Reservations made through Dixie Wyler, Cambridge Visitors & Convention Bureau Sales Manager at 740-432-2022.

Improvement efforts are continuing throughout the year as well with the latest being the set repainting. Randi Bates, the Living Word Set Designer studied the original model constructed by founder Frank Roughton Harvey, chose the paint and completely repainted the Temple to match the original model. The Temple renovation was completed by Randi and her husband, Buzz Bates, this spring before the official opening of the drama in June.

Call for additional information at 740-439-2761, e-mail, [email protected] or visit


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