‘A musical to be proud of’

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The wonderful biblical tale of Jonah and the Whale has been brought to life by a cast of more than 100 performers attached to Nuthall Methodist Church.

The all singing, all dancing production delighted audiences during two performances.

Months of rehearsals under the inspirational leadership of co-directors Lorna Page and Rosemary Lishman, paid handsome dividends as the cast, made up of children aged from four to adults in their eighties, contributed to a musical to be proud of.

Teenager Lucas Willcock, a member of the Church’s Boys Brigade, shone in the role of Jonah while fellow Brigaders Jack Kendall and Richard Philpott made their marks as pirate pals Leg It and Peg It.

Making significant contributions in supporting roles were Andrew Philpott as Crab, Gail Brockway in the part of Senorita, and Paul Kendall who was on form as the Ship’s Captain.

A group of narrators teamed up to tell the all familiar tale of Jonah’s dilemma when he is swallowed by a whale and how by a miracle he is spared by the Lord’s intervention.

Amongst the talented, enthusiastic groups of performers were representatives of the Sunday School, the Boys and Girls Brigades, Late Risers, Templars Youth Group, and supportive church members.

Church stalwart Janet Wilson provided piano accompaniment to a rich mix of catchy songs and I particularly enjoyed the contributions made by the hapless Hillbilly Group whose zany antics added comedy to proceedings.

Regarded as one of Nuthall Methodist’s most ambitious projects since the new church was officially opened in 2002, this splendid interpretation of an immortal tale was a credit to all.

Co-Directors Lorna Page who is a fundraiser for the Headway charity, and Rosemary Lishman, who is the Business Manager at Hempshill Hall Primary School, heaped praise on everyone who contributed to the success of the production.

“It has been a tremendous effort by one and all. Teamwork has played a big part and all the time and effort put in week by week has brought its reward with a lovely production,” said Lorna.

The church minister Rev Steve Bennett said: “This wonderful biblical story has been brought to life by an equally wonderful group of people whose collective talents have shone through.

“Nuthall Methodist Church is fortunate to have so many talented people of all ages in its membership and I am proud at what they have achieved with this fine interpretation of a classic biblical tale.”