It's quite the production...
Lexington Christian Academy has a multi-decade tradition of integrating the visual and performing arts with faith, as is evidenced by the existence of The Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center. We produce full-scale musicals, classic plays, literary adaptations, and original scripts (including cast devised and student-written plays) as a co-curricular enterprise with students playing prominent roles not only on stage but in tech and design capacities as well. Hang around after the show, and join in lively talkback sessions with our students.
While we love a good show here at LCA, we love a good process even more, and we love to reflect on what we're learning about the theatre, the world, ourselves, and our God.
Guys and Dolls, originally produced in 1950, has been called "the greatest of all American musicals" by Time Magazine. The lush score by Frank Loesser includes well-known standards such as Luck Be A Lady, A Bushel and A Peck, I'll Know, and I've Never Been in Love Before. And it's funny, funny, funny from beginning to end!
It is also a problematic show in its depiction of gender stereotypes that were fully embraced at the time of its creation but, to today's standards, raise troubling questions about how women and men view and treat each other. The central conflict pits Salvation Army Sergeant Sarah Brown against Sky Masterson, well-known high rolling gambler (played by Marlon Brandon in the 1955 film). It's a battle of wits and wills as Sky persuades Miss Sarah to have dinner with him in exchange for 12 sinners he promises to deliver to her mission for a prayer meeting. Sky approaches Sarah on a bet from Nathan Detroit, who runs the oldest established floating crap game in New York during his 14-year engagement to Miss Adelaide, a popular entertainer, much to her dismay. The end brings - no surprise for a musical comedy - wedding bells, and a handful of seemingly converted gamblers into the mission. There isn't a show quite like it in the Broadway canon, and our cast of 33 upper school students is laughing out loud at rehearsals!
LCA's production shows off the talents of seniors Harley Rusk and Katie Norman as Miss Sarah and Miss Adelaide, and juniors Caleb Hong and Kevin Moody as Sky and Nathan. Also featured are Carlie LaFauci, Sam Bahou, and PJ Griffiths as a gambling trio, and Dan Gattineri as Big Jule from Chicago. Choreography is by senior Natalie Cist, and the usual suspects from our arts division faculty are at the collaborative helm. Performances take place May 16, 17 & 18 at 7 p.m. with a full orchestra, and tickets go on sale mid-April.
Theatre Director, Christopher Greco
After I graduated from Brandeis University with an MFA in Playwriting, former headmaster, Barry Koops, invited me to become LCA's first ever dedicated theatre faculty. I eagerly returned in 2013 after the grand opening of the Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center, having served as an arts and worship pastor during the intervening 15 years. While pastoring, I had the privilege of creating an original musical with Canadian worship leader, Brian Doerksen, based on Luke 15 (www.prodigal-god.com). I serve as the Pastor of Worship at Antioch Church of Waltham, and I am also a master's level counselor with a degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.