St. Lawrence School will present its spring program on Wednesday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. According to Principal Brenda Anderson, the musical is called Jesus is My Superhero, and was chosen based on St. Lawrence’s superhero theme this year.
Principal Anderson says, “The idea for the script was taken from a drama written by Chipp Krum and adapted by Mrs. Schulte and the sixth-grade class. Mr. Shepherd (Nicholas Fonder) is the leader of Superhero Academy, and soon-to-be graduates must pass challenges to demonstrate their faith in Jesus. Each character has special abilities that God wants to use for His glory.”
“Writing and directing a musical is something completely new and out of my comfort zone, but I strongly felt God’s leading in all of this,” says music teacher Elizabeth Schulte. “When I first saw the original drama performed in 2012 at a VBS in Ohio, I had this incredibly strange sense that I would be leading these same songs with kids somewhere, someday. I was a violin teacher, with no experience teaching vocal music or drama, so I thought that was just really odd. With St. Lawrence School’s superhero theme this year, I couldn’t get those songs out of my mind. After lots of doubtful moments of my own, God kept answering one prayer after another to make this drama possible.”
Captain (Victoria Nelson) and Espresso (Mia Van Lith) use their organization and energy to lead the kindergarten and preschool students in singing First You Pray, Jesus Loves the Little Children, and This Little Light of Mine. High-Tech (Lilly Dreis) helps with technology, Gung-Ho (Jayden Johnson), and Ninja Warrior (Maggie Kruger) learn to fight using scripture and prayer. Lickety-Split (James Batchelor) and Tangent (Abby Pillatzki) learn to focus on Jesus as they run the race of their lives.
Sleepless (Stella Wendland) learns to stop worrying and trust God. Outta-Sight (Jacynda Street) feels invisible but learns that Jesus is always with her. Heavy-Duty (Landon Novy) decides to stand up for what is right, and Clean Sweep (Aubrey Fraasch) shares her story of how Jesus changed her life. Cassidy Schell (P.C.) realizes that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), even if believing in Him isn’t politically correct. Doubtful (Ivy Lewno) overcomes her doubt and becomes Faith. Heroes face an unexpected test when Shadow (Olivia Wendland) frames Mr. Shepherd and tries to shut down the Academy.
Students in grades K-5 are the Superhero Academy Choir and join the heroes in singing songs. The program opens with Fifth Grade Chimes and Third and Fourth Grade Recorders playing songs about Jesus, our Superhero. A prelude of piano, violin, and band instrumental solos will begin about 15 minutes before each program.