News Release

Esther and the King

Members and friends of the Brisbane Australia North Stake presented to the public the Old Testament story of Esther, as a musical, with over 800 people attending the final performances held at the Stake Centre.

Jill Antuar, ward activity chair, first proposed the idea of a theatrical production back in 2009. It wasn't until suitable talent was found, mainly in eventual director - Sarah Kirk, that momentum and support for the project really began to come together.

"With Sarah's expertise, and supported by her large and talented family, we were able to witness and share in one of the most spectacular and successful activities our stake has ever seen," said Paul Curlis, High Counsellor for activities in the stake. "Sarah's motivation and vision drove the musical from the first audition to the last curtain call on the night. Her experiences in drama helped the actors, singers, dancers and support crew find within themselves the talent that thoroughly entertained the audiences from start to finish."

Actor Steve Fazakerley of North Pine Ward commented "I really enjoyed the new friendships I made and also extending my comfort zone. I learned more than I ever knew about Esther and fasting. I was able to do this with my daughter by my side and I witnessed her growth in the process. I also depended a lot on the Lord to remember my lines."

Ella Imms of Burpengary ward said, "When I heard our Stake was putting on the musical, I was so excited! Here was an opportunity for me to do what I loved in a safe environment where I knew my standards would not be questioned. I have discovered it can be very hard to pursue this art in today's society due to my values and moral standards. The play also provided me with an opportunity to invite my non member friends to come and feel the spirit."

Jason Hine who helped produce the backdrops and props, and who also performed, commented, "It was a real enjoyment performing with my whole family including my wife and five children. I think it not only taught them the importance of lessons from biblical stories, but they were also able to make new friends."

The hard work and long hours spent in rehearsing was evident in the final professional and entertaining performances. So many guests commented that it was unexpected that such a wonderful feeling could be felt from a theatrical musical.

One of the surprise blessings resulting from the production was the baptism of Ayla Fryer, one of the performers, who so enjoyed her involvement with the production and crew that she then investigated the teachings of the Church and asked to baptised. It was a great reunion for the cast and crew as they met together two weeks later at the Redcliffe chapel to witness this special baptism of someone they all came to know so well through the sharing of talents.


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