We are busy with rehearsals for a brand new musical which was written by two local artists, Rob Ward and Lew King.
The musical For Such A Time As This is based on the biblical book of Esther and features a large cast portraying the many characters involved in the story of one woman’s rise from bondage to save her people from tragedy.
The cast includes Elizabeth Rose and Anthony Farmer-Guerra as “Queen Esther” and “King Ahasuerus,” the couple whose love is the center of the story. Elizabeth is making her P2K debut, but audiences may remember Tony from his performances as “Frederick” in The Pirates of Penzance, or in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Other P2K veterans in the cast include Adam Farmer-Guerra as “Haman,” the story’s evil mastermind; Brandon Cunningham as “Morty,” Haman’s sidekick; Emily DeZarn as “Miriam,” Esther’s handmaid; Ken DeZarn and Meg Ellisor as “Bigthan” and “Taresh” two plotters against the King; Brad Gilbert, Emery Dorman and Cindy Vennes as “Biztha,” “Mehuman” and “Hegai,” three of the King’s confidants; Monica Allen and Ginny Shaw as “Jacob” and “Hakath,” two assistants to the Queen; and Jesirae Kessler, Joan Bryson and Jaden Reid as Townspeople.
Several members of the cast in addition to Elizabeth are making P2K debuts. They include Mark Steward as “Mordecai,” the Queen’s cousin and hero of the story; Benjamin Lavine as “Shecky,” another sidekick to Haman, and Stacie Johns, Ray Weinke, Gavin Weinke, and Rex Mann as Townspeople.
Anthony Farmer Guerra and Elizabeth Rose (P2K debut) as “King Asahuerus” and “Queen Esther” show off just some of the amazing costumes created by Costumers Diane Royce Smith and Kevin Nixon for the P2K production of For Such A Time as This, opening in the Cailloux Theater on April 8
Adam Farmer-Guerra as “Hamon” (Right) and Brandon Cunningham as his sidekick “Morty” are the bad guys in our story. (Photos by Riley Royce Smith)
For Such A Time as This uses a variety of musical styles and a mix of drama, romance and humor to tell the story of Esther, the Jewish heroine whose triumph over the plot to annihilate her people in ancient Persia is the basis for the annual celebration of Purim.
The show will run in the Cailloux Theater beginning April 8 and running through April 24. Reserved Seating tickets are $24 and $28 and are available in advance at The Cailloux Box Office, by phone at (830) 896-9393, online at CaillouxPerformingArts.com, or at the Cailloux Theater door.