Once Upon a Parable
TPCC Spring Musical, 2004

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The church musical is a big deal every Spring.  Since the beginning of February, the children's and youth programs on Wednesday evenings have been dedicated to singing, acting, blocking, and prop making.  The musical is presented as the homily at both services.

This year the Musical was "Once Upon a Parable," the acting out of Jesus telling several of the Parables.

Doug did not participate this year, choosing instead to go camping with the Y Guides at Camp Marston this weekend.  In fact, Doug and Keith had to cut out of camp early to make it to church on time for the second and final presentation of the play.

Although Brad had the lead part as Noah in "100% Chance of Rain" when he was in 4th grade two years ago, the youth (6th grade through high school) were added last year to pump up the over all quality of the production, and he was back in the chorus line.  This year he was a Youth and was back playing the lead male: no, not Jesus (that part was an ensemble role shared between three girls and a young man); Brad got the dual role of Judas and the Chief Pharisee.  We can only hope this wasn't a case of type casting.

Here, Amy as Jesus, delivers the parable of the Houses built on the Rock and the Sand.

It didn't have to be type casting, I suppose: they probably just thought he had acting smug down to an art.  Heck, for Brad that's not acting at all.

Brad as Judas has just presented his papers as a C.P.A (Certified Palestinian Accountant); he's smug because he is quite certain that he is the Rock upon which Jesus will build.

Here a bewildered Judas (or is it an outraged Chief Pharisee?) can't understand why Jesus (Courtney, center) is inviting Zacchaeus (Colin, right) the tax collector to eat with them.

Brad gets to take a break from his Judas/Chief Pharisee role and play a waiter for, in this case, the prodigal daughter (who has, of course, a forgiving mother).

The Chief Pharisee is back, smug in the certainty that he is about to be recognized and rewarded as the true and faithful older brother to the prodigal daughter.  The loving mother approaches, about to burst his bubble.

This disappointment at not having the prodigal punished is too much for the Chief Pharisee, who
exists spouting threats.
Not too long after that, Judas, also disappointed at the teachings of Jesus, also leaves the stage, sulking all the way (wow, the part was written for him!). 

Judas returns at the Garden of Gethsemane, smugger than ever when backed by a mob.

Judas, I mean Brad, makes his curtain call.  See, I told you he had smug down to an art.

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