VERY off-Broadway

We are nothing around here if not ambitious. But really, do you want to be part of a church where they just sit around and watch each other get old? I don’t either. 

 Thus, we’ve undertaken quite a few things of late that have caused us to stretch, both literally and figuratively, but always in a good way. There’s our Wednesday morning fitness dance class, which is proving enormously popular. The installation of a new verger last month. The launch of our children’s Sunday school. Our pet blessing service this past weekend. The ice cream social we hosted for the neighborhood in August. Our St. James Day Homecoming service in July.  The weekly efforts of our Tuesday work crew to put some sparkle and shine in this place. The gradual coming-together of our Heritage Room. 

 And coming up, we’ve got our “Throwback Sunday” service this coming Sunday, where we’ll re-create a service as it would have been in 1968, in celebration of the 50thanniversary of our magnificent pipe organ. And I hope everyone will return Sunday afternoon for the organ concert. It promises to be a memorable event in the life of our parish.  

 Yet for all this record of achievement and willingness to try something new, I was still a little taken aback when Kate Marshall-Gardiner proposed that we put on a Broadway musical revue. Could we dothat? Do we have that much talent? Some Sundays, we barely have enough singers to field a choir. But a Broadway musical? It seemed a little over-optimistic to me. 

 But I should have known better than to question. Kate was willing to take the ball and run with it. She recruited Steven Nye, a legendary local musical talent now serving as organist at St. Peter & St. James Episcopal Church in Denver, to be the musical director. She’s secured commitments from several top-notch singers to sing the solos. Now she’s recruiting others in our parish who just enjoy having a good time to come and be part of the fun. 

 And FUN is exactly what it’s going to be. We’re calling it “God meets Broadway,” and it’s going to happen on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. It will include presentations of songs from such well-known classics  as Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and other religiously-themed show tunes. 

 Rehearsals started last week, but even if you missed the first rehearsal, it’s not too late to get in on the action. Come be part of the chorus. Upcoming rehearsals are Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m. 

 If we can’t talk you into being part of the performance, please do come and watch the show. It will be delightful. If you enjoyed our Easter Pageant, you’ll love God meets Broadway. Afterward, we’ll have a celebratory wine and cheese party in the Parish Hall. 

 Got questions, or still need to be talked into it? Give Kate a call, 424-216-2111. Who knows what stars are waiting to be born at St. James?