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"Lost and Found was so adorable, and a wonderful moral lesson. Jessie did a heavenly job of directing with a short amount of time." - Holly
"Such a great show! Good job kids and the adults that helped make them shine! Well written, well directed and well performed!" - Steve
"I was a counselor for 'Lost and Found.' It couldn’t have gone better in my opinion. The kids I got to watch over were sweet and respectful. They had such a fun time learning about stage directions and playing the theatre games. Looking forward to next year’s production." - Riley

 A brand new youth musical

John Buckley Sleadd, playwright-composer of four Clarion musicals to date, got started on a new youth musical in February 2023, in preparation for Clarion's summer Theatre Camp. But this time, he wanted to include some young talent in the process.


Jacob Brumbach organized a writing group last fall and invited John to participate. John observed that Jacob had a knack for writing, so he asked Jacob to collaborate with him on the script for "Lost & Found." Jacob had never written a play before, but he was willing to try it. Together they came up with a country-western setting and a host of comic characters to tell the Biblical story of the Lost Sheep. A few weeks later, the script was finished.

Enter Ricky Reebel. Ricky is Development Director for New Hope Christian School, and has performed in nearly every Clarion production since its inception. He has a great tenor voice too! John asked him if he would like to write a song or two for the musical, and Ricky took up the challenge. Ricky composed and recorded the songs for the antagonists--the two wolves, Snarl and Squeak. John composed the rest.

All told, the process took two to three months. The songs were recorded in John's studio using John, Ricky, Arden and Jessie as singers. The campers were able to practice the songs at home.

God provided us with fifty campers who learned their parts in an amazingly short time and greatly impressed a full house at River Valley Church. We look forward to doing it again!

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