Forty-six adults and 19 children and teens worked together to prepare and present a light-hearted yet inspirational musical based on the life of King Josiah.
The colorful presentation, Good Kings Come in Small Packages, contained 10 songs as well as lots of fun dialogue. The performance took place on April 15, 2017, at the Williamsburg High School, where services were also held that day. After a delicious meal of unleavened fried chicken and sides, the performance began at 8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Booth (age 14) dazzled as the narrator/palace cook Elizabeth. Chris Herrmann played Josiah’s father, “the bad, bad king” Amon. James Morris (age 10) delivered a fantastic performance as Josiah. Aaron Preston (age 11) made an excellent Hilkiah, while Cadence Phelps (age 12) was delightful as Queen Jedidiah.
Melody Porter (10) and Ciara Phelps (8) each shared their lovely singing skills with the audience. King Amon’s tax collectors were hilariously played by James Myers, Troy Phelps and Paul Myers. John and Peg McClain got the audience roaring with laughter when they, along with Doris Phelps, stole the show as backup dancers during a rap song about the futility of worshipping idols!
Other young stars of the show included Edie and Harry Rangel (ages 7 and 3), Liam, Zach and Joel Creech (ages 7, 5 and 3), Skylar Walters, Genesis and Nineveh Ward (ages 5 and 10), Grant Porter (5) and Thomas Morris (8).
The program was directed by Kathe Myers with Katherine Rowland as the musical director. It was a great team effort with numerous positive results! The congregation was energized by this opportunity to laugh, fellowship and see the talents of their brethren. Those involved in the musical were blessed to build intergenerational relationships, develop teamwork skills, as well as enjoy a wonderful level of camaraderie with their brethren. The musical will be remembered fondly for years to come!