Parables on stage

LIHUE — The parables of the Gospel of Luke will be presented in a multimedia musical, “The Storytelling Man,” by youth at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lihue Christian Church.

The musical, composed and written by award-winning blind composer Ken Medema, is being put on by various church Sunday schools and youth groups of the Kauai Association United Church of Christ.

The one-hour musical features video and photo vignettes of various parable stories.

“It’s been fun watching the creativity of our youth help script and shoot the photos and videos of these lessons,” said John Anderson, chair of the youth and young adult committee of the KAUCC. “At our church — Kapaa United Church of Christ, all ages were included in putting together the story of the Good Samaritan. Without giving away what we did — it was fun watching some of our adults ad lib along with our youth.”

Each church that participated in the musical was assigned a parable to script and shoot their version of the story. Youth from each church edited the materials using their media skills.

“It’s not meant to be a glossy looking production,” said Kahu Rennie Mau, islandwide youth coordinator for KAUCC. “But it gives youth the creative experience to share their gifts with the wider church.”

He said that today there seems to be a lot of hype and entertainment in religious education, which seems very shallow.

“So don’t come as a film critic,” he said. “Come and be open to the spirit moving among our young people.”

Besides the video and photo vignettes the children will be singing in solos and chorus. Wailenalena Kaohi and Joelene Kilpatrick from Hanapepe Hawaiian Church will sing a duet. And Ella Anderson and Lo’ea Keana’aina from Kapaa United Church of Christ will also be singing solos. Youth photographers and editors involved are Alana Ramos (Lihue United Church), Rizza Juntilla (Kauai Marshallese Ministry), Michael Anderson (Kapaa United Church of Christ), Jordan Miller and Justyce Enrique from Kapaa First Hawaiian Church.

Although the various churches have been rehearsing for weeks, children from the public are invited to participate in their dress rehearsal from 6-8 tonight at Lihue Christian Church.

“We have a lot of interactive activities which involve no rehearsal — as we wanted to be as inclusive as possible for small and big churches,” Mau said.

If you wish for your child to participate, contact Kahu Rennie Mau at (808) 280-9591.

Lihue Christian Church is at 2943 Kress Street.


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