World Premiere

The world premiere performance of Just Pretend occurred on June 27, 2015 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL by Youth Sing Praise.

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Click here to view the names of the world premiere cast!


 

“AWAKING, ARISING”

The annual YSP reunion over the Christmas holiday has us all nostalgic.  Here’s another video from June.  “Awaking, Arising” finds Esther recently crowned Queen of Persia.  In this song, we see the unsure, young girl begin to blossom into the faith-filled leader she will become.

 


“I’M GONE”

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Bradley J. welcomes guests to the San Diego screening of ‘Just Pretend.’ In attendance was long-time YSP choreographer Peggy Quinn.

Just Pretend screened in San Diego on Nov. 20, 215.  The audience listened attentively throughout the opening sequence as they met the key players of both Esther and Ella’s story.  But it wasn’t until the second number–“I’m Gone”–that they started moving.  By the time Queen Vashti started her first chorus, everyone was grooving in their chairs.  Stay tuned for more videos from Just Pretend and expect rights to be available in early 2016.

 

 

 


“FAITH ENOUGH”

We are happy to release this video of one of our favorite numbers from Just Pretend.  This scene sets up and includes the song “Faith Enough.”  Esther has just heard a decree that she is to be part of a contest to find a new Queen of Persia; her uncle, Mordechai, urges her forward despite her misgivings.

We will be sharing some other freshly-mastered excerpts from the show in the coming weeks.  Look for a full soundtrack to be available by Christmas.  Thanks to all for your support of this new work thus far.


Here are some photos from the intense week of rehearsals!


Here are some “unofficial” photos of the performance from friends and family of the cast and crew


Audio highlights from the performance (18:07 via soundcloud)
(taken from the soundboard stereo feed; even better audio to come!)


An article in the St. Louis Review by a YSP alumnus on this year’s production
(or click here for a pdf version of the same article)


Photos from the Review article, just above (courtesy the St. Louis Review)

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