When North Shore United Methodist Church parishioner Laura Pearsall saw Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Godspell” three years ago, she had a breakthrough idea. Why not fundraise for the Good Samaritan House building by bringing this production to NSUMC? This past weekend saw the result of that idea as two performances of the musical were held at the church that Glenn Abramowitz described as “awesome” and “awesomer.” Laura dedicated the part she played in the production to the Rev. Susumu Ando.
The band played flawlessly. The musical numbers not only brought back memories, they defined an era — “Prepare Ye,” “Day by Day” and “All Good Gifts.”
The Rev. Ando was also used as the character of Lazarus, an impromptu move urged by Patrick O’Brien, who played Jesus. The Rev. Ando told me that he fully believes that the Good Samaritan House will be a reality, “that God will provide” and all we have to do is keep moving.
Congratulations to the cast, the band, the crew and all those connected with this production. It was a very good place to be on a snowy February afternoon and the message of loving endlessly was well received.
If you are moved to donate to the Good Samaritan House at NSUMC, the address is: P.O. Box 555, Wading River, NY 11792.
Happy birthday wishes to my good friend Luanne on Feb. 11; my brother-in-law, Ron Green, Feb. 12; and my niece Tina O’Daniels and good friend Carl Scalfani, both on Feb. 18.
Valentine’s wishes on Feb. 14 to all those in love or who remember what it was like to be in love.
Have a good two weeks until we meet in this space again.
Contact Wading River columnist Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.