The parish of St Vincent de Paul will stage a musical on its patron saint in early September as part of the parish’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Monsieur Vincent – The Saint for all Seasons, aims to celebrate the “life and spirit” of St Vincent de Paul (1580-1660), and to inspire Christians to emulate the saint’s humility and generosity in serving the poor.
The musical will feature mostly original songs with some adapted and rearranged, says Rachel Nadia Goh, an executive committee member for the musical. It will trace the life of the French saint while paralleling “his spirit with the work of Fr Henri Saussard”, the founder of the Singapore parish.
“Key events are taken from the life of the saint” and juxtaposed with the journey the parish has undergone, she added.
The cast and crew are drawn from the parish as well as other parishes.
Jonathan Lauw, one of two actors playing the saint, says he is “excited” about the project as he likes musicals.
The Holy Spirit parishioner has read about the life of St Vincent and says he is deeply impressed with the saint’s decision to leave a comfortable life to serve the poor.
Lauw says the challenge is “always trying to imagine” what St Vincent was feeling and to bring it across during the performance.
Rachel Nonis, one of two directors, told CatholicNews she hopes to create awareness about the saint in a “fun” way.
She added that she is enjoying working with fellow St Vincent de Paul parishioners on the project.
By Darren Boon