Mary Annette Ellwood was the first person ever cast at The Living Word Outdoor Drama. She has been involved all 43 years and, some would say other than founder Frank Roughton Harvey, is the face of the organization. Annette has served on the Board of Directors for 40 years, including as a past President. Many of her duties include: cast member (particularly Claudia and The Samaritan Woman), set tour guide, provides introduction before the start of Ohio’s Only Outdoor Passion Play, assists in raising funds for the organization, suggests new board members to the current board, presents monologues at events as Pilate’s wife Claudia, and is the chairperson for The Living Word’s annual Auction/Banquet. She is a 1958 graduate of Jeromesville High School and attended Ashland University. Mrs. Ellwood was a legal secretary and piano instructor, but is now a homemaker. Annette is married to Judge David A. Ellwood, and has three children – Catherine, Rose Ann and Luke – six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Her most distinguished honor came in 2012 as she was recognized as The Daily Jeffersonian Person of the Year. She also received the 2007 Woman of Valor Award from St. Paul C.M.E. Church and a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Muskingum Valley for Council of Boy Scouts of America. Annette is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Ohio, the 33° Scottish Rite Ladies and the Cambridge YMCA.
First person ever cast