'Esther' to come to life on Garrison stage
GARRISON - Musical drama, intrigue, romance and murder will hit the stage when the Community Alliance Church of Garrison presents the Martin and Janice Landry musical "Esther."
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8-9 at the church in Garrison.
The book of "Esther" comes to life in this energetic, humorous and biblically based story performed in two acts running 120 minutes and filled with "Broadway-style" music and dancing. It is fast-paced enough to entertain a child while communicating a biblical message of sovereignty and grace. The story of "Esther" tells of the near destruction of the Jewish people. It tells of how an orphaned Jewish woman named Esther risked her life to save her people. Esther and her cousin, Mordecai, lived in the land of Persia in 470 B.C., where the Jews were in exile. After Vashti, queen of Persia, insulted her husband, King Xerxes, she was deposed, and the king began looking for a new queen. Esther was selected for her beauty, but she kept her Jewish nationality a secret. Meanwhile, a wicked man named Haman became the king's adviser and began plotting the extermination of all Jews in the empire. Esther's cousin learned of the plot and begged Esther to intervene. So Esther risked her life and approached the king about the matter. The king heard her plea, and the Jews were saved, while Haman was hanged on a gallows he had prepared for Esther's cousin.
The cast includes: Esther and disguised dancer is played by Abigail Palkie; King Xerxes , Abel Palkie; Memucan and Beauty Pageant Hostess, Hannah Palkie; Haman, Rick VanGeest; Mordecai, Marc Nelson; Bigthana, Queen Vashti, King's Adviser and Disguised Dancer, Chloe Palkie; Teresa, Zeresh and Lady in Waiting, Bethany Palkie; Tala , Lady in Waiting and Disguised Dancer, Karla Palkie; Mean Girl 1, Beauty Queen Contestant and Woman of the Town, Pat Charlson; Mean Girl 2, Beauty Queen Contestant and Woman of the town, Delaine Bartishofski; Guard and Man of the Town, Bill Stimac, Man of the town, Richard Roberts; and Innocent Bystander, Mark Miller.
"Esther" is under the direction of Abigail Palkie. Admission is free and there is no reserved seating.
For more information call 320-692-4420.
The cast of the Martin and Janice Landry musical "Esther" to be performed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8-9 at the Community Alliance Church of Garrison are Rick VanGeest (front, left), Abby Palkie, Abel Palkie, Hannah Palkie, Bethany Palkie (back, left), Karla Palkie, Bill Stimek, Marc Nelson, Delaine Bartishofski, Richard Roberts and Pat Charlson. Not shown are Mark Miller and Chloe Palkie.