The Adelaide Advertiser reports…
“A fire during an Easter play at an Aberfoyle Park church forced the performance to end on a cliffhanger last night — so the cast resurrected Jesus and completed the show in the car park.
The blaze started in an office at Our Saviour Lutheran Church during the play, just before 8.30pm, forcing the evacuation of about 200 people.
Play organiser Verena Johnson said the congregation pleaded with the cast to finish the performance after firefighters brought the blaze under control.
“We had just finished a big musical number and before the final scene we were told there was a fire and it wasn’t a drill and we had to leave,’’ Ms Johnson said.
“We were all a bit stunned because we were all caught up in the play.
“Outside, the crowd was saying, ‘We don’t know how (the play) ends’ so we did the last scene in the carpark. We couldn’t finish (the Easter play) without the resurrection — that’s what it’s all about. So the show did go on.”
Flames spread into the roof space as firefighters arrived. Initial reports suggested the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
“I’ve been doing plays here for 20 years and I’ve never had anything like this happen before. The really good thing is we saved the video (of the play.)’’