Events At LCA
Posted 07/07/2016 01:11PM
Watch an original musical on Friday, July 15th, 7pm
On Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. in the Cross Center, six actors will present a partially staged reading of draft eleven of Prodigal God, the musical tale of two brothers and one wastefully extravagant father, written by LCA theatre director Christopher Greco, in collaboration with Canadian worship leader, Brian Doerksen. The musical theatre partnership began in 2001 and culminated in an original cast recording that received a Gospel Music Association (GMA) award in Canada in 2010. Due to a variety of complex factors, a stage production was never mounted.
Greco recently reworked the script that was conceived originally as a traditional large cast book musical. The latest version involves only 6 actors who all serve as co-storytellers, and portray the various roles associated with the Luke 15 parable. In Greco's words: "Fifteen years in (or two thousand, depending on how you count it), it's gratifying to discover that the characters and the story are as vivid as ever."
Featured in the LCA reading are Will Stinson '15 as The Father, Josiah Perez '15 as The Elder Brother, Mark Bloodworth '18 as The Younger Brother, Julie Kanach '96 as The Servant, Rebecca Minasian '14 as The Servant's Daughter, and Alexandra Minasian '16 as The Young Trader Woman. Working on sound and lights are Garrett Traer '18 and Matt Fong '16. The actors will perform with scripts in hands, and they will sing live with backing tracks from the original cast recording.
This informal, no-frills workshop is a first-ever version of The Incubator, a summer theatre collective aimed at partnering LCA alum with current students in the development of new theatrical work. Don't be fooled by the program name, the air conditioning is working just fine in the Cross Center, and it's a great place to pass a summer evening. Admission is free.
Brian Doerksen is best known throughout the world as the songwriter of "Come Now is the Time to Worship." His current project is The Shiyr Poets, a word for word musical setting of Psalms.
The original cast recording of Prodigal God is available for download at www.prodigal-god.com, and there will be copies of the double-CD available for purchase at the July 15 event.
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