Backstage: Thomas Holmes, Daniel Magnuson, Juliet Miller, Ella Murray
Lights: Annie Houk | Sound: Sullivan Hickman
Set Design: Steve & April Miller, Bonnie Shaw | Properties: April Miller, Bonnie Shaw, Sandra Magnuson
Set Construction: Bryan Booker, Ken Sharpless, Steve Taylor, Jeff Hurley, Tom Kay, Steve Miller
Poster & program artwork: Bonnie Shaw | Program layout/design: Michael Crane
Friends of the Arts (FotA), for their support of this show, as well as their year-round support of the Arts at Covenant
Terry May and Bishop Lynch, for letting us use their warehouse space for set construction, and for the use of several set pieces
Lori Haughton, for all her superb help in coordinating tickets & concessions
Kelley Newcomer, for coordinating the Rehearsal Retreat dinner…with much help from Lori Haughton, Sharon Long, Sharissa Murray, and Bonnie Shaw
All the parents who helped with snacks, tickets, and concessions
Everyone who helped transform the Bishop Lynch Theater on load-in day
Covenant staff who helped keep the administrative side of things going, especially Melissa Weiss and Scott Rosa, who went above and beyond in helping implement the ticketing system
Here at Covenant, we believe there is tremendous value in great literature. And we know there are some stories that seem to have a certain timelessness to them, an almost universal appeal to the elements of truth, goodness, and beauty that are a part of the image of God in us all. A Tale of Two Cities is just one of those stories.
When we came across this staged version of the story by Mark Fitzgibbons, we were impressed by two things. First, he relies heavily on the original language of the novel. The words are almost exclusively those of Charles Dickens, though thankfully edited. Second, the way he weaves the scenes together creates a seamless dramatization that keeps the action going. And keeping the action going is no small task when taking Dickens from the book to the stage.
As always, working with these students has been a wonderful journey. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but the sobering knowledge of the task before us has never diminished the joy of telling this story. Once again, I am impressed, humbled, and inspired by their hard work and creativity. May you be stirred by the story they tell.
Soli Deo Gloria
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