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The Invitation, the Musical
Lyrics by Howard Clark, Music by Stephanie Coward-Yaskiw

Apr 27 & May 3, 2008 at Summerlea
May 31, 2008 at John Abbott College

Posted Apr 29, 2008
The musical "The Invitation", by Howard Clark with music by Stephanie Coward-Yaskiw, is about a group of people who are invited to build the Kingdom. The Kingdom building party is not quite what many of them expect; however they do gain a sense of what is necessary to make the Realm of God become a reality.

Musicians
Piano - Ann Sutton
Drums - Kate Miller
Bass Guitar - Lee Heppner
Page turner for Kate - Meaghan Ashley Luttrell
Cast
Michèle Bitauld - Mac
Howard Clark - Frankie
Ruth Heim - Chris
Trish Higgins - Nate
Mary Ellen Houde (Janet Smart April 27) - Pat
Susan Ippersiel - Lou
Jeannine Morin - Bobby
Jane Percy - Cam
David Pryce - Sam
Janet Smart (John Osborne May 31) - Shorty
Solo Roles
John Osborne: Tom
Selga Vitols (Ariadne Lih May 31): Joy
Angels
Marion Golden - Optisister
Mary Guynan - Pessisister
Vince Nudo - Humourister
Dominique Reid - Pacifister
Production Staff
Musical Director - Constance Osborne
Stage Director - Howard Clark
Costumes & Props - Kim Blatherwick
Stage Crew - Peter Maklan, Robert Lee
Videotaping - Anders Yates
Graphic - Judy Coffin

Following are some photos from the April 27 presentation (pickable to see a larger version).

The Summerlea Youth Group very ably led the service leading up to the April 27 performance,
and Connie got some help from Meaghan, who later turned pages for percussionist Kate Miller.
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Composer Stephanie's effervescence bounced through the music
played by Kate Miller, Lee Heppner and Ann Sutton,
Summerlea's Music Director, Connie Osborne, directed (photo shot during dress rehearsal).
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The play begins with the ringing of a cell phone, and postman
Howard Clark bounding across the stage (thus the fuzzy photo).
Jane Percy, "I've got mail!" (photo shot during rehearsal).
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It seems a number of folks received invitations (some by laptop) to build the Kingdom of God,
but there is some confusion as to how to go about it.
The angels watch with concern as it is decided that construction tools are a good start.
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Mac (Michèle Bitauld) and Bobby (Jeannine Morin) feel that some kind of plan is necessary.
Perhaps they should look for clues.
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Sam has a plan, but it doesn't get too much enthusiasm.
Then Tom (John Osborne) finds a Book of Stories, which he discusses in song
with Lou (Susan Ippersiel) and Joy (Selga Vitols) while Chris (Ruth Heim) approves.
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Now another story comes to the fore, discussed in song by Shorty (Janet Smart) and Tom,
then enacted (a couple of times) by Shorty, Bobby and Lou.
Now Nate (Trish Higgins, Cam (Jane Percy) and Mac (Michèle Bitauld) consider yet another story.
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Meanwhile, Joy finds the whole thing a bit boring and falls asleep.
This gives the angels Humouristor (Vince Nudo), Pacifister (Dominique Reid),
Pessisister (Mary Guynan) and Optisister (Marion Golden),
the opportunity to whisper some thoughts in her ear.
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Awake from her dream, Joy heads over to discuss her discoveries with the others,
who listen with interest and decide there may be something to these ideas.
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Tom and Joy promote the newfangled ideas in song.
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Now the whole gang jumps on the bandwagon,
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and the finale brings hope for a Kingdom of God.
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And in long-standing Summerlea tradition, a cake celebrates the success of the play.
Peter, Bryan and Leslie Maklan do the honours while some hungry folk look on,
and we get another shot of composer Stephanie before she heads back to Ottawa.
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Our thanks to Howard and Stephanie for creating this musical,
and to Connie and all the players, both on-stage and behind-the-scenes,
for the many hours of work that they have spent to bring us this joyous presentation.

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