The idea behind the musical, written by Celeste and David Clydesdale, is that in order to determine who plays what parts in a pageant, contestants participate in a spelling bee. But this isn’t an ordinary spelling bee. The contestants are spelling some of the more than 100 names for Jesus. As the names are spelled, a picture emerges of who Jesus is: Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Emmanuel.
“We know how the true meaning of the season can easily get lost in all the glitter and lights,” says Principal Matt Korp. “This program is a reminder that we serve an amazing God, who is all we need.”
Every student from preschool through eighth grade had the opportunity to participate in this program. Most of the school made up the choir, which not only sang but added to the scene with appropriate gestures and a few spoken lines. As is school tradition, the 7th and 8th graders carried heavier responsibilities for the performance, with 7th graders either acting as understudies or running the sound system and 8th graders taking on the lead roles in the play.
“It’s kind of exciting, the entire time waiting for a speech part,” says Dylan Anderson, an 8th grader who played the role of Mr. Foster, the spelling bee’s pronouncer. Despite the nervousness that Dylan and other students expressed, the production was a hit with those in attendance, which responded with a standing ovation.
“I think the whole school did an excellent job,” says Brent Burgess, whose three children participated in the program.
Even as the performance came to a close, the students continued learning and sharing the message of the play.
“We watched a video of it in class this morning and talked about it further,” said Korp on the Monday following the performance. “Some of the students really got it. As one of the students said, ‘God is whatever we need Him to be,’ depending on the circumstances we find ourselves in. Regardless of whether we are on the mountaintop, or down in the valley, God’s love for us does not change, as evidenced by the gift of His Son. He is truly our All in All.”
On the Following Tuesday, students shared many of the songs from the program with residents at Garden Plaza.