The last few weeks have been particularly trying for me. Everything seems to be coming to end so quickly! It seems like yesterday I was announcing that I was leaving in 5 months. Now, it’s suddenly Lent and my final production of In Remembrance is in full swing. In many ways it seems like every show, every cast member, every directorial decision has led to this year’s production. We have an amazing cast led by Ken Robinson, Kevin Rorke, and Siobhan Downey. We have an incredible set through the help of Denise Day, Judy McKay and Maurice Christopher. The show is full of some of the best music Broadway has to offer, and after five years, Elizabeth and I have stretched ourselves and this show to the culmination of our vision of what it could be.
In many ways, we have combined the lessons we learned in each of our previous years. We have the emphasis on the sacrifice of Christ from 2009 and the intimate discovery of who Jesus is from 2010. In 2011, we explored what this story would have been like had it happened today. Taking that a step further we have posed the question: Would you be able to accept Jesus if he came today? Finally, there is a cast of believable and relatable characters who help us see into the eyes of those who followed Jesus. When you combine all of these elements, you have a production—a spiritual experience—not to be missed!
And of course, because this is my last show I am playing with more energy, directing with more clarity, and performing with more passion than I ever have before. When I look at our stage I see a five year legacy: Elizabeth singing Pie Jesu, Elise screaming and clinging to that fence, and Siobhan’s shoes! I see the beginning and the end of what has been the most defining five years of my life. And all I can think to say is: thank you. Thank you, Pikes Peak MCC—my church—for allowing me the honor of bringing you this show for the last five years. Let’s celebrate this last one together!
“Will you share your life with me for the next 10 lifetimes, for a million summers,
until the world explodes…There are so many dreams I need to see with you.
There are so many years I need to be with you. I will never be complete,
I will never be alive, I will never change the world until I do.”