‘Jeremiah’ Review

Facebook Thumbnail

Old Testament prophet Jeremiah talks to God during a scene in "Jeremiah - The Musical" held Dec. 30 at Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond.
Irish step dancing, combined with musical theatre, created a unique production of "Jeremiah - The Musical" on Dec. 30. An encore performane is scheduled for Jan. 20 at Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond.
Jeremiah, with cross on his back, was scorned and admired for his willingness and bravery to speak God's Word.
A wedding dance brings joy during one of the scenes in "Jeremiah - The Musical."
The Babylonian army begins its destruction of Jerusalem as soldiers surround citizens.

By Tim Farley

Timeless Biblical ideals and stories were translated through song and dance during an
incredible performance of “Jeremiah – The Musical” on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium.

The production was supposed to be a one-time treat, but due to popular demand “Jeremiah – The Musical” will return for a 2 p.m Sunday, Jan. 20 engagement at Armstrong Auditorium.

The play centers on the epic story of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah who was
called by God to face false prophets, confront cowardly kings and overcome plotting princes. The production reveals that Jeremiah’s sole purpose was to reveal the sins of the people and explain the reason for the impending destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian army.

Joel Hilliker, who starred as Jeremiah, and Conner Brown, playing the role of Young
Jeremiah, were outstanding with their vocals. However, Brown wasn’t the only youngster playing the role of young Jeremiah. Jude Flurry stepped into that role during the step-dance scenes. In addition, he was cast as the dancing Zedekiah and one of the Royal Dancers. Flurry and the rest of the dancers are students of the Muggivan School of Irish Dance, which is led by Joni Muggivan, and is
located on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus.

The Biblical sets, music and dancing made history come alive as Broadway, musical
theatre and step dancing were intertwined so well it left audience members wanting more. The performance was sold out as some patrons watched the production from TV screens in the lobby. Still, others were turned away with the 826-seat Armstrong Auditorium filled to capacity.

The step dancing and the full-length musical was a natural connection to the one-year anniversary of the Jeremiah exhibit in the Armstrong Auditorium lobby, according to musical conductor Ryan Malone.

“Jeremiah” was Armstrong College’s first production that combined the vocals of music
theatre along with the entertainment of Irish step-dancing. More than 120 people were involved in the production, including students from Armstrong College and Armstrong’s Imperial Academy, Armstrong faculty, staff and local community members.

The audience was treated to Jeremiah’s life from the time he was a young boy to the
pinnacle of his life as a prophet of God. The play, without a doubt, left audience members with a much better understanding of the hardships and difficulties Jeremiah experienced in his role as one of God’s prophets.

Hilliker portrays the older Jeremiah so well, demonstrating to the audience that the
prophet – similar to Moses – was reluctant to accept God’s calling. In the end, however, Jeremiah realizes that God will speak through him. Jeremiah develops the traits and practices needed to fulfill the prophetic role by not being afraid, standing up to speak, speaking as told and going where sent by God.

In the palace throne room scene, Jeremiah experiences the full range of emotions as some leaders and Jerusalem residents want the prophet dead. But Ebedmelech (played by Sean Welsh) and King Zedekiah (played by Steve Hercus) work to save Jeremiah from a deadly fate.

Apparently, some thought has been given to taking the show on the road. If that were to actually happen, theatregoers would be treated to a wonderful production of music, dancing and a timeless message that reveals God’s Word through the great prophet Jeremiah.

Tickets to the Jan. 20 performance are required, but free. Tickets can be reserved by calling 285-1010.

For information about Armstrong Auditorium, visit Facebook.com/ArmstrongAuditorium or go to Twitter.com/ArmstrongAud






Post Viewed 2,565 Times.