On July 28 and 29th, 2017, over 30 area students performed on stage to parents, friends and community members. After two weeks of intense, all-day rehearsals, these students lit up the room sharing their talents and communicating the Gospel story in a modern-day style.
About the Show
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, GODSPELL draws from a variety of theatrical traditions - music, dance, pantomime, charades and even rap - to retell the parables of Jesus for a modern audience. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pocahontas, Prince of Egypt), GODSPELL is one of the biggest Broadway successes of all time.
Performing for two packed houses, the students of Bright Lights Institute shown brightly during their Spring 2017 show. With a cast of over 30 K-8th graders, Bright Lights Institute took audiences into the world of Dr. Seuss, as the Cat and the Hat presided over an adventure that journeyed from the Jungle of Nool to the Planet of Who to a courtroom that placed Horton the Elephant on trial. The performances on April 28 and 29, 2017 at Summit Park Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
A.J. and Jacob Valle, Bright Lights' Performing Arts Directors were thrilled at the students' achievements. "It was so great to see how the kids grew and matured over the semester." said A.J. "Over the half the cast was performing in their very first musical, but each and every student gave a 110% and worked together to present an amazing show."
Junie B. Jones
On July 29, 2016, Bright Lights Institute and a cast of 20 area students brought the acclaimed children's book character, Junie B. Jones to live. Through musical numbers, comical scenes and choreography, a full house of over 350 area friends, family and neighbors enjoyed an evening of great entertainment.
Rehearsing for only a week, these students amazed the audience, putting forth a complete musical - memorizing the lines, dance moves and songs in only 5 days. Bright Lights first production was a total hit and led to the successful Fall Troupe program in September of that year.