For the third year in a row, Berks Christian School’s 2nd-5th graders are performing a spring musical. On Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm, this year’s students will present Oh, Jonah with musical storytelling accompanied by acting.
The musical tells the story of Jonah, a prophet who no matter how much he tried to avoid it, God was going to lead him to Nineveh. When the people of Nineveh are saved, Jonah becomes mad and is left in sadness by the end of the book, closing an odd story indeed. Just like the local Christian theater Sight and Sound does for their productions, our elementary musical will be adding some parts to the story that are not found in the Bible but are still hypothetical possibilities for the time period. This does not change the story, but rather fleshes out the characters and make the story more real.
After having an interview with Miss Klase, we learned that there are some differences between high school and elementary productions. The set for this musical is nothing too grand, unlike the breathtaking works on the high school set. Miss Klase says that the high schoolers naturally do a better job at acting because they have more years of experience than the elementary students, However, the younger students are more willing to do things they are asked and will give their complete all to their role.
After speaking with the youthful thespians, they enlightened us on their thoughts of the production. When asked if they thought the work was hard, I was given the response from four little girls saying ‘yes’, however ten more students who are a part of the production then swarmed around and answered ‘no’. When the original four heard the reverse of their answer, they also joined in the chanting of ‘no’’. We also asked if they had enjoyed the productions. Nate Lutz said, ”I did not think having a speaking part would be fun, but I really like it actually!”
This performance is looking to be very entertaining. Once again, the event is at 7 p.m. on May 9th. If you would like to get involved with the program, you can see Miss Klase about working on getting costumes and building a whale. I’m sure it will be a whale of a time! [I am so sorry that you beloved readers had to experience that pun, however…I’m not editing it out.]