After a four year hiatus, I am so very pleased to be returning on staff for Youth Sing Praise. As a participant, this program was one of the most formative experiences of my young life, and serving on staff in many roles over the years has always been a highlight of my summers. This year, I’ll be choreographing the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic and YSP standard, Joseph…
Pack a picnic. Pack the family. Pack the amphitheatre.
BACKSTAGE AT THE AMPHITHEATRE–Julia Pottinger (Ella/Esther) assists Zach Thompson (Harry/Hegai) with his microphone before the premiere of ‘Just Pretend’. Collin Borisenko (Zeke/Xerxes) scans the crowd of over a thousand in attendance on a cool summer night.
PRE-SHOW RITUAL–The cast and creative team of ‘Just Pretend’ gather for a final boost of confidence before the show commences. At Youth Sing Praise, the show acts as a capstone to the week of prayer and preparation.
A PAIR OF QUEENS–Kristy Lozano (Victoria/Vashti) plays the deposed queen of Persia, while Julia Pottinger (Ella/Esther) portrays her successor. With the play-within-a-play device, teens portrayed both actors putting on a Purim spiel and ancient characters within the Esther story.
Thanks to Youth Sing Praise alumna Colleen Dulle for the feature article of the new musical ‘Just Pretend’ by Bradley J. Behrmann and Orin Johnson in the St. Louis Review. The article also includes coverage of the Twitter Talk Back Session following the world premiere. Photos by Weston Kenney.
Link to the full article here.