"Easter: The Musical"

Presenting to you an Easter rendition with a musical dramatization. We begin our story with the birth of Jesus and fast forward to the future where four teenagers are faced with a difficult hardship. They find themselves in doubt of their faith and love for God.

As they each face their own trials and tribulations, Jesus walks alongside of them. In the heat of the moment, their relationships with God waiver and will soon have to face the truth; their lives, as hard as they may be, are in God’s hands.

*LifeTeen + MADE presents to you OLPH’s first ever Easter Musical on Sunday, April 11, 2010. Join us for Mass at 5 PM, with refreshments served after. Musical will start at 7 PM! Please come & check it out! :)

*Please bring a canned good as well, as we will be donating it to OLPH’s food pantry to help those in need.

"Easter: The Musical" on April 11, 2010 @ 7 PM, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.  SPREAD THE WORD!

"Easter: The Musical" on April 11, 2010 @ 7 PM, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.  SPREAD THE WORD!

Updated Rehearsal Schedule!

Hello cast!  Here are the remaining rehearsal dates for the musical.  Just 6 more days to practice!

March 21 (Sunday): 1 PM – 4 PM:  FULL RUN THROUGH

March 27 (Saturday): 10 AM – 2 PM:  FULL RUN THROUGH + CAST PHOTOSHOOT FOR BROCHURE

March 28 (Sunday):  1 PM – 4 PM:  FULL RUN THROUGH

April 7 (Wednesday): 6 PM – 9 PM: FULL RUN THROUGH

April 9 (Friday): 6 PM – 9 PM:  DRESS REHEARSAL

April 10 (Saturday) 7 PM – 9 PM:  DRESS REHEARSAL

April 11 (Sunday) 7 PM: SHOWTIME!

Sunday Schedule and Announcements

03/07 Sunday: 1-4 PM (FULL CAST in the CHURCH for FULL RUN THROUGH)
-Full cast rehearsal! EVERYONE, including backup singers and extras/dancers HAVE TO BE THERE! its important to show up because we will be doing a FULL run-through as well as revealing the musical date and other information regarding the musical. (From here on out, NO SCRIPTS WILL BE USED! lines need to be memorized…david or one of the other MADEcore will always have scripts with them to spoon-feed lines if needed, but it is everyone, especially main characters to have their lines memorized)
-Photoshoot - if time permits will happen also. sherwin will be taking individual photos for a possible flyer/save the date type of thing.

**MANDATORY ATTENDANCE TOMORROW! We will be taking roll!


ATTENDANCE

We will be implementing roll call for every practice from now until the show. Due to the many absences we have been seeing since day one, we will now enforce attendance. Every cast member will be awarded ONLY 2 freebie absences and no more. Each of you is required to notify us if you will not be coming to practices or if you will be late. It is crunch time guys and we really need to sharpen up and stick to our commitments! We all are showing our parish community our rendition of Jesus’ death & ressurection through this meditative season and we want to show them that we understand his sacrifice through this musical. So please be at every practice you are called to be at. You all are doing wonderfully, so keep up the good work!

FINAL CAST LIST

There has been some confusion regarding people’s rolls and parts in the musical. So here is a final list of the casting assigned.

MAIN CHARACTERS
JOYCE ANGELES (JENNY)
RYAN LIZARDO (RYAN)
KATREINA GAMIL (BETTY)
JEZZ GUEVARRA (EVAN)
JUSTIN AQUINO (JESUS)

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
KATHRYN KELLY (MS.MARY/MARY)
NATHAN ALCORAN (GABRIEL)
DYLLAN MAMASIG (GUARD)
RINGGO CASTILLO (GUARD)
WILDA CIELO (MOM)
BRENDAN NIETO (DAD)
AMANDA SUEOKA (NURSE)
SEAN SARAJINA (JOSH)

DANCERS/EXTRAS
MIKA QUINTINITA
DYLLAN MAMASIG
NATHAN ALCORAN
RINGGO CASTILLO
DIXIE CASTILLO
WILMA CASTILLO
GERALDINE GAMBALAN
CASSIE ECRAELA

BACKUP SINGERS
WILDA CIELO
TIANA MATSUDA
MICHAEL BALDOVINO
SEAN SARAJINA
JAVIN CORPUZ
MIKA QUINTINITA
AMANDA SUEOKA
MARGIE SORIANO
GERALDINE GAMBALAN
CASSIE ECRAELA

MUSICIANS
DJ RAMOS
BRADLEY AKANA
BRENDAN NIETO
PHILIP SNIFFEN

BACKUP SINGER SONG LIST

Because we have 10 backup singers and about 3 to 5 microphones available for each song, we had to split all the backup singers into particular songs. Everyone has at least 2 songs each (3 songs for those who are ONLY doing backup for the musical) to sing. You will only need to practice & learn your assigned song, for those are the songs you will be singing on showtime. Songs with 4 or more people may have to share mics with someone else. The songs Never Say Never and Welcome to my Life will be sung ONLY by the main characters themselves.

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
SEAN SARAJINA
JAVIN CORPUZ
AMANDA SUEOKA
MICHAEL BALDOVINO
TIANA MATSUDA
MARGIE SORIANO

BEHIND THESE HAZEL EYES
TIANA MATSUDA
AMANDA SUEOKA
MARGIE SORIANO
GERALDINE GAMBALAN
CASSIE ECRAELA
WILDA CIELO
MIKA QUINTINITA

ONE LAST BREATHE
MICHAEL BALDOVINO
JAVIN CORPUZ
SEAN SARAJINA

ACCORDING TO YOU

CASSIE ECRAELA
MIKA QUINTINITA
AMANDA SUEOKA
WILDA CIELO
GERALDINE GAMBALAN
MARGIE SORIANO
TIANA MATSUDA

YOU FOUND ME

MICHAEL BALDOVINO
SEAN SARAJINA
JAVIN CORPUZ

Day 11: Becoming Best Friends with God

Day 11: Becoming Best Friends with God [March 1, 2010]

Since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. — Romans 5:10

God wants to be your best friend.

Everything you do can be “spending time with God” if he is invited to be a part of it and you stay aware of his presence.

Day Eleven Reflection

Point to Ponder: God wants to be my best friend.

Verse to Remember: "Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him" —Psalm 25:14

Question to Consider: What can I do to remind myself to think about God and talk to him more often throughout the day?

Week Two: Reflection

Week Two: You were planned for God’s Pleasure

1) How is “living your whole life for God’s pleasure” different from the way most people understand “worship”?

2) How is a friendship with God similar to any other friendship, and how is it different?

3) Share something you learned from a time when God seemed distant.

4) Which is easier for you-public or private worship?  In which do you usually feel closer to God?

5) When is it appropriate to express anger to God?

6) What fears surface when you think of surrendering your complete life to Christ?

Day 10: The Heart of Worship

Day 10: The Heart of Worship [February 27, 2010]

Give yourselves to God… Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. —Romans 6:13

The heart of worship is surrender.

True worship-bringing God’s pleasure-happens when you give yourself completely to God.

Day Ten Reflection

Point to Ponder: The heart of worship is surrender.

Verse to Remember: "Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes."  —Romans 6:13

Question to Consider: What area of my life am I holding back from God?

Day 09: What Makes God Smile?

Day 09: What Makes God Smile? [February 26, 2010]

May the Lord smile on you… —Numbers 6:25

Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live. — Psalm 119:135

The smile of God is the goal of your life.

God smiles when we love him supremely.  God smiles when we trust him completely.  God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly.  God smiles when we praise and thank him continually.  God smiles when we use our abilities.

Day Nine Reflection

Point to Ponder: God smiles when I trust Him.

Verse to Remember: "The Lord is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love."

Question to Consider: Since God knows what is best, in what areas of my life do I need to trust him more?

Day 08: Planned for God’s Pleasure

Day 08: Planned for God’s Pleasure [February 25, 2010]

You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created. — Revelation 4:11

The Lord takes pleasure in his people. —Psalm 149:4 

You were planned for God’s pleasure.

The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth.  He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure.  God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment.  You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight.

Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose of your life.  When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant.  It proves your worth.  If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have?  You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.  The Bible says, "Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children-this was his pleasure and purpose."

One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure.  He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it.  He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it. The reason you are able to enjoy pleasure is that God made you in his image.

Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship.” The Bible says, "The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love."  Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Worship is as natural as eating or breathingW Worship is a lifestyle.

Worship is far more than music. For many people, worship is just a synonym for music. Every part of a church service is an act of worship: praying, Scripture reading, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting other worshippers

Worship has nothing to do with the style or volume or speed of a song.  God loves all kinds of music because he invented it all-fast and slow, loud and soft, old and new.  You probably don’t like it all, but God does!  If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship.

Worship is not for your benefit. We worship for God’s benefit.  When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves.  God’s heart is not touched by tradition in worship, but by passion and commitment.

Worship is not a part of your life, it is your life. Worship is not just for church services.  We are told to “worship him continually” and to “praise him from sunrise to sunset.”  Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night.

Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.  How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God?  By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it.  The Bible says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working fot he Lord, not for men."

This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship-doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus.  The Message paraphrase says, "Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering." Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence.  Real worship is about falling in love with Jesus.

Day Eight Reflection

Point to Ponder: I was planned for God’s pleasure.

Verse to Remember: "The Lord takes pleasure in his people." — Psalm 149:4

Question to Consider: What common task could I start doing as if I were doing it directly for Jesus?

Day 07: The Reason for Everything

Day 07: The Reason for Everything [February 24, 2010]

Everything comes from God alone.  Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. — Romans 11:36

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes.

It’s all for him.

The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God.  It is the reason for everything exists, including you.  God made it all for his glory.  Without God’s glory, there would be nothing.

What is the glory of God?  It is who God is.  It is the essence of his nature, the weight of his importance, the radiance of his splendor, the demonstration of his power, and the atmosphere of his presence.  God’s glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities.

Where is the glory of God?  Just look around.  Everything created by God reflects his glory in some way.  We see it everywhere, from the smallest microscopic form of life to the vast Milky Way, from sunsets and starts to storms and seasons.  Creation reveals our Creator’s glory.  In nature we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative.  The Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God."

God’s glory is best seen in Jesus Christ.  He, the Light of the world, illuminates God’s nature.  Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about what God is really like.  The Bible says, "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory." Jesus came to earth so we could fully understand God’s glory.  "The word became human and lived among us.  We saw his glory…a glory full of grace and truth."

HOW CAN I BRING GLORY TO GOD?

Jesus told the Father, "I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do." Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth.  We honor God the same way.  When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God.

We bring glory to God by worshiping him. Worship is our first responsibility to God.  We worship God by enjoying him.  God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight, not duty.  Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God.  Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving him, and giving ourselves to be used for his purposes.  When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship.  The Bible says, "Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God."

We bring God glory by loving other believers. When you were born, you became a part of God’s family.  Following Christ is not just a matter of believing; it also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God.  John wrote, "Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life."

We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, he wants us to grow to spiritual maturity.  What does that look like?  Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act.  The more you develop Christlike character, the more you will bring glory to God.  The Bible says, "As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more."

We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills, and abilities  The way you’re “wired” is not an accident.  God didn’t give you your abilities for selfish purposes.  They were given to benefit others, just as others were given abilities for your benefit.  The Bible says, "God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you…Are you called to help others?  Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.  Then God will be given glory."

We bring God glory by telling others about him. God doesn’t want his live and purposes kept a secret.  Once we know the truth, he expects us to share it with others.  This is a great privilege - introducing others to Jesus, helping them discover their purpose, and preparing them from their eternal destiny.

WHAT WILL YOU LIVE FOR?

Living the rest of your life for the glory of God will require a change in your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else.  It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one.  Even Jesus struggled with this.  Knowing he was about to be crucified, he cried out: "My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?  But for this purpose I came to this hour.  Father, glorify Thy name."

Will you live for your own goals, comfort, and pleasure or will you live the rest of your life for God’s glory, knowing that he has promised eternal rewards?

It’s time to settle this issue. Who are you going to live for - yourself or God?  You may hesitate, wondering whether you will have strength to live for God.  Don’t worry.  God will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for him.  The Bible says, "Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God."

Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purposes he made you for.  Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ.  If you are not sure you have done this, all you need to do is receive and believe. The Bible promises, "To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Will you accept God’s offer?

First, believe.  Believe God loves you and made you for his purposes.  Believe you’re not an accident.  Believe you were made to last forever.  Believe God has chosen you to have a relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you.  Believe that no matter what you’ve done, God wants to forgive you.

Second, receive.  Receive Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior.  Receive his forgiveness for your sins.  Receive his Spirit, who will give you the power to fulfill your life purposes.  The Bible says, "Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!" Wherever you are reading this, I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will chance your eternity: "Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you." Go ahead.

Day Seven Reflection

Point to Ponder: It’s all for him.

Verse to Remember: "For everything comes from God alone.  Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. — Romans 11:36

Question to Consider: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?