From staff reports

Last year more than 4,200 people experienced the most dynamic production seen on the Stained Glass Theatre West stage in its five-year history in Joplin.

That production, "The Outpouring," was originally scheduled for a six-week run, but ended up playing for 10 weeks, with a total of 25 performances.

"The Sleeping Giant," the sequel to "The Outpouring," is now playing at the theater through June 21. Set in Baxter Springs, Kan., it is written by Ron Boutwell and directed by Joy Crockett of Lama.

T he play chronicles the continuing battles at the Bray farm as Joshua Bray, played by Ron Laws of Joplin, and his two generals, Mark Jackson (Mike Nagella, Springfield) and Toby White (Jeremiah Marcum, Joplin), fight to build a spiritual stronghold from which to launch a counteroffensive to save the heartland.

Enlisting the help of some unlikely allies, the band of warriors goes head-to-head with the forces of the enemy, both in the natural world and in the spiritual world. They struggle valiantly to accomplish the one thing that can make a difference in their fight to awaken and unify the body of Christ.

The final production in Stained Glass Theatre West's 2002-03 Season of Awakening will be "Nathaniel the Grublet," a musical adventure that will run from July 18 through Aug. 16.

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