Faith Christian School in Foreston is set to host its spring musical, called “Ants’hillvania,” a musical written by Jimmy Owens.
Together, volunteer Sarah Wolbert and the school’s music teacher, Tracy Shoemaker, have helped direct and organize the musical in just six weeks’ time. The musical features the entire student body at Faith Christian School, roughly 70 students, with the high schoolers taking on the main roles and the elementary students playing backup roles. The pre-kindergarteners will welcome students and family to the performance and begin the show with a song.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to work together and gain some confidence,” Shoemaker said. This year’s musical features the story of the prodigal son as told from the perspective of ants in a colony.
“It’s a story about forgiveness,” Wolbert said. “It shows that forgiveness is possible if we ask for it,” she said.
The students have spent the last six weeks working on it, but perhaps the most impressive part is that they have met only once a week for 30 to 40 minutes on Mondays in music class to work on the production collectively.
“They have put in a lot of time at home learning their parts,” Wolbert said.
Wolbert added the high school students are especially excited about the upcoming performance.
“They’re pretty invested,” she said.
“It’s rewarding to see the kids using their gifts, and I’m not the only one that gets to see that. They get to share that with friends and family and the community,” Wolbert said. “We want them to use their gifts God has given them to make their communities a better place.”
“Ants’hillvania” will have two performances on Friday, April 5. The first will take place at 12:30 p.m. and the second will be at 7 p.m., both set to take place in the gym at Faith Christian School. Admission is free.