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Thirteen challenging (audition only roles 4th - 8th graders).  Auditions build character and confidence.   

Four 3rd grade (narrator roles) assigned or auditioned. Each student must be prepared and rehearsed. 

 

Eight - Ten 5th/6th grade (tech positions) lighting board, Spotlight, Audio/sound, Backstage! Responsibility, commitment and new friendships!

 

The elephant in the Advent Room:

Catholics frequently bemoan the world's disregard for Advent and the increasing secularization of Christmas, yet a half-hearted Christmas Pageant offered curiously amid Advent Season is the norm for most Catholic Schools before departing on Christmas break. 

Most Catholic elementary schools depend on the generosity of a parish.  Catholic parishes are blessed and renewed by the presence of young families, but too often Catholic parishes and their schools are disconnected from one another.   

Dare to Dream: 

Imagine your community launching a theatrical rocket high into the atmosphere early in September.  Aboard the capsule are talented and daring student astronauts.   Waiting and working diligently below are the student and parent technical crew.  Destination:  Planet Advent.  Scheduled arrival: December 2019.  Mission: Rediscover Advent, revive your parish and school.  Dare to dream again!   

2. TIAL: the Reception - Delicious theological desserts prepared and served by parent volunteers. 


Please know that:

1. There is a Light is a full production musical intended for performance on a stage.

2. There is a Light was created for Catholic Elementary schools and feature grades 4-8 as character actors.   

3. There is a Light requires audio and lighting equipment, and regular rehearsal space for cast and crew.

If you would like to inquire about hosting There is a Light at your school, contact: 

aaron@catholicschoolusical.com 


 

 Imagine a musical score that is fun, clever and bold, a script that is self-deprecating, demanding and theologically solid. 

 Dare to tell a story.  

Boasting a cast of quirky Catholic characters: Vesper, Xavier, Blaise, Novena, Cosmos, Pieta, Iggy, Gabriella and Cruz, joined by Sister Vocare; the forgotten nun and Mrs. Veras; the exhuberant high-spirited school principal

The students of Saint Veronica School in Universal Town are ever desperate to create the “ultimate fundraiser” and forever bridge the funding gap between Scrip and Auction.  Students Cosmos and Novena convince the school to offer discount cellular service.  They quickly assemble rickety cellular towers on the  roof of St. Veronica School cafeteria.  The outdated equipment fails, chaos ensues during Monday morning assembly and the entire student body of St. Veronica school is thrown back through time.  “Do Catholics even believe in time travel"?  "Well, no matter how far we go back in time, tuition rates will remain a current levels"! declares Mrs. Veras. 

 Scene I: The musical opens with a Christmas Pageant at St. Veronica School.  M.C. Blaise and Iggy spar over how best to compete with shopping Mall Santa and the Fried Reindeer food court experience.  Blaise is all for an early Christmas.  Iggy is hesitant and reflects on her time in detention where she read a book about Advent, the waiting, the darkness, the light.   Our opening scene culminates with an unexpected narrative and pageant led by 3rd grade readers.  

 Scene II:  Vesper and Xavier's Home.  Vesper and Xavier play video games and discuss the eriee message Fr. Paul delivered at mass.  "He said, he's coming, and we are going to have to make room"!  "Make room for who"? (asks Xavier).  "They said he lives in the desert, eats bugs and wears camel hair clothing"! (Exclaims Vesper).  "No Way!  What store even sells camel hair clothing....Target"?? (replies Xavier). 

Scene III: The musical continues with  a misguided but sincere character Blaise suggesting to Fr. Paul:  "we all know that by week one of Advent the whole world is singing Christmas songs.  Why go against the flow? Let's cut to the chase.  We should officially shorten Advent and start Christmas two weeks early.  We can call the whole thing 'Cradvent'!  

Scene IV and V synopsis coming soon!

 


PARENTS

The time is here for new epiphanies.  The world, and our communities are hungry for beauty, anxious to hear tidings of good news.  If all the world is but a stage, then we must be the players who whisper, shout and sing of light in this darkness.   

In 1999 Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to artists encouraging us to "search for new epiphanies of beauty".  An Epiphany is a life changing moment or realization.   There is a Light was created to be more than just theater, it is a worthy fundraiser, a community builder and challenging volunteer and theater for catholic school families.  It's time to build faith and awaken the imagination this Advent.      


Parents.  Dream.  Plan. Build.  

 

 

 

 Here's to new epiphanies, to the struggle, to excellence enough to capture the imagination of a weary, skeptical world.

Cheers,

 Aaron Thompson - Author

There is a Light, and the darkness will not overcome the light. 

  

 

 

 

....And the Darkness will not overcome the Light. 

Cheers, 

 Aaron Thompson 


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