By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
On the day we were there, the entire student body of St. John’s was working on the upcoming performance “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Pre-K through 5th grade students will be singing with the cast and all the students have been working very, very hard on the performance.
“This is the first musical that St. John’s has done in quite a while,” said director Todd Krueger. “Directing something like this was lots of fun but it was difficult for me to try to figure out a religious implication for this secular show. After a lot of head scratching I remembered this passage from Romans 8:28: “And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him.”
“The Emperor was selfish, self-absorbed, and frankly obsessed with his material possessions. The Farabuttos certainly didn’t ‘intend’ to teach the king a lesson. They just wanted to ‘cash in’ on the situation. But as it ended up the Farabuttos’ plot ended up working out for the good. The emperor gave most of his clothes to the needy and he devoted much more time to the people of his kingdom. It was a lesson learned the hard way, but it was learned none the less. There will be difficult situations we encounter, challenges, and even hurt in our lives.”
Chris Pieper is playing the role of the Emperor and Alyvia Cordes is playing the role of the queen.
Trysten Schroeder is the prince, Maria Ness is the princess.
Zeke Huff is Farabutto and Josh Molling is Luigi Farabutto. Logan Banse is the court herald, and Garrett and Grant Ness are the guards.
The performance is narrated by Kailey Banse, Michelle Burt, Andrew Klinski, Olivia Foster and Evan Schroeder. Lexi Kohlmeier, Alexis Schroeder, Brett Schultz and Ryan Kruckow are the townspeople. Sam Lampert is the education minister while Tayler Kohlmeier is the fashion minister. Jonah Dvorak is the minister of the army, Jovial King is the minister of culture.
Other ministers include: Casey Schultz (recreation), Payton Konz (commerce), Trevor Kruse (pets) and Samantha Molling (style and propriety).
Sam and Caleb Lampert are playing buglers.
The performance is Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public and will be held at St. John’s gym.