Children from St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) making props for their upcoming musical on the sufferings of Christ.
Children from St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) are staging a musical on Christ’s passion over the Palm Sunday weekend.
The performance, which aims to raise money for the church building fund, will feature scenes from Christ’s passion as well as the Stations of the Cross. The music will comprise familiar Lenten hymns as well as songs from Christian music songwriters Danielle Rose and Twila Paris Wright.
The event will be held at the parish’s community hall on March 31 at 7.30pm and April 1 at 2.30pm.
The average age of the participants is 11 years. They are from the catechism classes and the children’s choir which sings at every third Saturday of the month during sunset Mass.
The initiative for the musical began with the leaders of the children’s choir. Subsequently, the choir roped in the catechists and the children from the catechism class for the project, said Mr Simon Wee, who is in charge of the musical.
Apart from performing, the children of the parish have also been helping with prop-making. Several adults have also helped make the costumes.
While the primary objective of the musical is to raise money for the church building fund, it is hoped that through the musical, the parish community “will ... better understand, experience, and appreciate the suffering and love of our Lord”, said Mr Wee.
Church renovations were completed last December.
Brian Julian Colond, 11, who is playing the part of Jesus, said he is happy to be chosen for the role and is “honoured to show how Jesus suffered for us”.
He is working hard on his acting with the support of his parents, and hopes to put on a good performance.
He told CatholicNews that he has learnt a lot from taking part in this musical, especially of how Jesus “suffered for us”, and how important it is to be His “faithful servant”.
Another participant, Miriam Saguda, 12, told CatholicNews that she is happy to “contribute to the church in some way other than giving money”.
By Darren Boon