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As It Is in Heaven

As It Is in Heaven

  • Dates: Apr 2 - 5, Apr 18 - 19 2020
  • Location: Climenhaga Building, Messiah College
  • Region: Mechanicsburg
  • Address: One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
  • Phone: (717) 691-6036
  • Time: See description
  • Price: $12 adults; $7 students and seniors
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As it is in Heaven, is set in a thriving religious Shaker village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky in the 1830s. This community is, well, shaken up after newcomer Fanny joins and some of its young female members begin to see visions and claim spiritual gifts. These so-called gifts cause the young girls who experience them to dance and twirl, see angels, shout out in praise, and fall into awed trances, completely upending and upsetting the community. The elder members of the community can't help but see the girls' behavior as mere flights of fancy, excuses not to do chores, and a disruption of the Shakers' preferred, orderly method of worship. The leaders question Fanny's intentions and honesty, and Eldress Hannah is jealous that she, the most devout of Shakers, has not been privileged to see the visions. The community must decide if this is a resurgence of the original Shaker celebration of the glory of God or something manufactured by Fanny and the other girls?

April 2-4 & 17-18, 8 p.m.
April 5 & 19, 3 p.m.

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As It Is in Heaven