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"Celebrate the Vision" - A Musical, 25 April 2010
Posted 27 April 2010
The "sermon" for the Sunday morning service 25 April 2010 was the musical "Celebrate the Vision", music by Allen Pote, lyrics by Carole McCann. This performance was a repeat of last year's performance, with a few casting changes, but both cast and audience enjoyed it immensely.

Featuring a cast of Summerlea folks and friends, the musical is a rollicking, toe-tapping, highly enjoyable way to hear the Christian message.

"Celebrate the Vision"
Music by
Allen Pote
Lyrics by
Carole McCann

    1. Celebrate the Vision.
    Leaders: Sue McKenzie and John Osborne
    Descant – Elin Thordardottir

    2. Ask, Seek, Knock.

    3. Antiphon I.

    4. Nicodemus.
    Solos: Marion Golden, Mary Ellen Houde, Elin Thordardottir, Inga Palsson, Dominique Reid, Leslie McEwen, Jane Percy, Michèle Bitauld

    5. Antiphon II.

    6. Ballad of the Sower.
    Solos: Mary Guynan, Selga Vitols, Elin Thordardottir
    Narrator: Susan Ippersiel

    7. Parables.

    8. Antiphon III.
    Narrator: Marion Golden

    9. The Good Samaritan.
    Solos: David Pryce, Ragnar Palsson, John Osborne
    Narrator: Elin Thordardottir

    10. Do Unto Others.
    Solo: Michèle Bitauld

    11. Celebrate the Vision (Reprise)

    Just about everyone in this musical has a line to say or a solo to sing. So here is the cast in alphabetical order, with a few cameos noted:
    Michèle Bitauld
    Philip Freu - Sower, man on road, robber
    Marion Golden
    Mary Guynan
    Mary Ellen Houde
    Susan Ippersiel
    Meaghan Luttrell - Nicodemus
    Michelle McKenzie - Levite
    Susan McKenzie - Leader
    Leslie McEwen
    John Osborne - Leader
    Inga Palsson - Jesus
    Ragnar Palsson
    Jane Percy
    David Pryce
    Dominique Reid
    Alayna Roy - Good Samaritan
    Elin Thordardottir
    Selga Vitols
    Natalie Moreau Wightman - Priest

    Musical Director - Connie Osborne
    Stage Director - Kate Smart
    Musicians: Lee Heppner - Bass, Ann Sutton - Piano

    Costumes, props, sets and back stage crew - Kim Roy, Ann Trenholm, Elizabeth Wightman
    Puppet and Masks - Howard Clark, Jeannette, Tracy, Patrick & Philip Freud
    Videographer - Patrick Freud, Jacob Osborne

    Many thanks to George Provias for his assistance in set up and clean up.

    The photos on this page were taken from the side of the sanctuary during the performance, while the cast and audience were having a joyful experience.

Summerlea Music Director Connie Osborne
getting set up, and directing.

Leaders Susan McKenzie and John Osborne called the performers
up from the audience, and set the stage in song.
Charades helped to establish the purpose of the event.

The story of Nicodemus (Meaghan Luttrell) was told in song by
Mary Ellen Houde and Marion Golden,
Inga Palsson and Elin Thordardottir,
Leslie McEwen and Dominique Reid,

and Jane Percy and Michèle Bitauld.

The ballad of the sower was sung by Mary Guynan,
Selga Vitolis and Elin Thordardottir, while Phillip Freud sowed the seed.

Susan Ippersiel did the narration for the sower.

Lots of singing by all and sundry.

Marion Golden narrated the story of the Good Samaritan,
while Philip Freud walked along the road,

only to be set upon by a robber and left there.

A priest (Natalie Moreau Wightman)
and a Levite (Michelle McKenzie)
came by but left the stranger to die.

Then, along came a Samaritan (Alayna Roy) riding on a donkey.
The Samaritan dressed the stranger's wounds and took him for help.

David Pryce, Ragnar Palsson and John Osborne sang,
and Elin Thordardottir did the narration.

Michèle Bitauld sang "Do Unto Others" in
response to the Good Samaritan parable.

And then the finale.

Following the presentation, cakes flanking Marion's donkey
greeted the players and the throng,
and Natalie Wightman (Priest) had a sample.

Many thanks to Connie, the performers and helpers, and the musicians for a most enjoyable performance.
(The photos of the musicians did not turn out because of backlighting from the windows. Sorry about that.)
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