A new play has debuted this summer at the Picture in Scripture Amphitheater in Disney.
“Damascus Road” tells the Bible story of Saul becoming Paul, “the greatest apostle of all time.”
Sixty volunteers make up the cast of the show and “more animals than ever” make their way onstage, including full-size and miniature horses, and a camel.
Linda Goldner, co-owner of the amphitheater, wrote the show to add variety to the amphitheater's offerings.
Goldner and her husband, Bill Goldner, wrote the first play that hit the stage in 1985, “The Man Who Ran.”
It follows the Bible story of Jonah and has been performed 21 times, the most recent performance being this past summer.
Goldner said she wrote the next play, “The Elijah Factor,” in 2001. It recounts the Bible story of Elijah. It was performed for seven seasons, the most recent being summer 2015.
She said she does not know how the amphitheater attracts “so many” volunteers, but she appreciates them.
“The cast is doing an amazing job,” Goldner said. “It’s a real powerful show.”
“Damascus Road,” which opened June 30, continues every Friday and Saturday night through Saturday, Aug. 5. The show starts at sunset, about 9 p.m., at the amphitheater, 36649 S. 510 Rd., Eucha.
Volunteers also cook dinners that are available to attendees before each show from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The menu includes hamburgers, grilled chicken, barbecue and “the best catfish on Grand Lake.”
Dinner and tickets may be purchased together. Adult tickets are $14.75 each and admission for children 10 and under is free. A ticket and catfish meal costs $19.75 and a ticket with a sandwich meal costs $18.75.
A nonprofit organization, Goldner said the funds raised from the performances go toward operating costs, such as utilities, insurance, sets, care of the animals and special effects.
Goldner said the money also goes to scholarships for animal therapy programs that Goldner and her husband, Bill Goldner, organize during the week.
The Goldners opened the amphitheater in 1985 to raise money for the New Lifehouse, a shelter for teenage girls the couple opened in 1984. After Adult and Teen Challenge of Oklahoma took over operation of the New Lifehouse in 1996, the Goldners continued to operate the amphitheater.
For more information or to make reservations, persons interested may call 918-435-8207 or visit www.pictureinscripture.com