"It was as if

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

had come to

GRANTS PASS!"

--Denise Angstadt,

after seeing "Here I Stand" premiere

Reviews for "Here I Stand"

 

"The actors, lyrics, music, story, choreography, set...everyone and everything was fabulous. Thank you to all involved for your talent, time, and efforts. We hope to see it on Broadway someday! If you missed it, we are sorry.

-Tim and Marcia Evans, Grants Pass

from the Daily Courier, Oct. 25, 2017

in a letter to the Editor

John Buckley Sleadd, You really did it this time. I was so impressed with this original musical. It was entertaining in so many ways. The voices were wonderful, acting carried the story line skillfully, and the humor was entwined so well through out the story. Thank You so much for a very entertaining afternoon. 

-Joni Nord

 

It was a wonderful production - fabulous group effort - celebrate your achievements and be proud of what you've done - it was amazing! 

-Gordon Schmieder

I absolutely loved this play. It was as if I could imagine being there. Very thought-provoking. Also, in this crazy world it is good to see how good can overcome anything. Thank you so much!

-Carol Knapp

I fail to recall the last time I laughed so much in a theatre - stage or screen - as I did during the "Why Not Me?" number in "Here I Stand." Marvelous musical. Full of heart, content, and good writing, but John Sleadd never takes himself too seriously so the final product is still a rollicking good time. Ryan Imel's portrayal of Luther conveys all the angst we would expect while simultaneously allowing other performances to stand on their own and shine. Really, kudos!

-Candace Larinda Kretzer

 

We had such a wonderful time! The cast was awesome, the lyrics and compositions were amazing, and the historic message was so refreshing. Thank you guys for all your hard work and for answering the call to put such an impressive production together.                                       

 -Jenifer Noble

for "Candle in the Night"

October 28, 2016

A Candle in the Night’ musical chronicles Martin Luther’s life (Theater preview)

Photo by JOHN NEYHART

By Kathleen Alaks

of the Daily Courier

To most people, the life of Martin Luther, father

of the Protestant Reformation, may not seem like

fodder for a musical. But John Sleadd is not

most people.

"But John Sleadd is not

most people."

 

Sleadd, who last year gave us "The Prodigals —

Faith Can Lead You Home," a musical based on the

biblical story of the prodigal son, is hard at work

on a new story: "Here I Stand: Life and Legacy of

Luther."

A sneak peek into this work-in-progress is being

presented on Sunday at Gateway Church on

Williams Highway.

Sunday's program, "A Candle in the Night,"

will include a slide show of highlights from

"The Prodigals," four fully choreographed songs

from the new Luther work, an interview with the

composer and locally made desserts.

The Sunday program takes its name from the lyrics

of one of Sleadd's songs:

"Like a candle in the night, leading others to the light, to know that we are saved by faith in Christ alone."

Those lyrics are from the show's closing anthem, "We Burn." Other songs to be presented are "One Step Closer," a mother's prayerful song of grieving; "Indulgences," about the practice of paying for penance; and "Monking and Nunning," as Luther joins an Augustinian monastery.

The cast includes Leanne Strom, Brynlee Morrison, Lexie Imel, Lisa Bokenkamp, Christine Morrison, Sharon Giddings, Ariel Kostrna, Ryan Imel, J.J. Scofield, Spencer Morrison, John Sleadd, Caleb Sleadd and Ron Strom.

Like"Prodigals," "Luther"is being produced by the newly formed faith-based nonprofit Clarion Theatre Company, founded by Sleadd and his wife Arden.

Sunday's programs will offer not just a chance to hear some of the show's songs, but will give the public a chance to learn more about the theater company and contribute to its work.

The theater company is not affiliated with any particular church. Company members come from several different churches in the area.

"Here I Stand" is slated for production in October 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

The Dominican monk Tetzel (Ron Strom, standing) sells indulgences in a song from "Here I Stand: Life and Legacy of Luther" with, from left: John Sleadd, Leanne Strom, Caleb Sleadd, Christine Morrison, Lexie Imel, Ryan Imel, Sharon Giddings, J.J. Scofield and Ariel Kostrna. Songs from the work-in-progress musical are being presented, with dessert, in two shows on Sunday.

for "The Prodigals" 2016 Premiere

"The Prodigals" is an uplifting, feel-good show with a positive Christian message that is central, but not overbearing. It's fun family entertainment.

-Kathleen Alaks, Grants Pass Daily Courier

July 1, 2016

"TRULY one of the BEST plays I have ever seen! There were times that I laughed and times that I was moved to tears. The writing, the acting and singing, the directing, costuming, props and lighting...the WHOLE thing was incredible...it was POWERFULLY moving! Thank you, Clarion Theatre Company, for sharing your gifts with our community...SO looking forward to your next production! To my friends that missed it...all that I can say is...DON'T miss the next one!"

 -- Christine Coulter

"Went and saw the Prodigal last night. Hard to believe this is the company's first year. Wow! The music and singing was fantastic, very professional. And the acting was top notch. I highly recommend any production in the future that they produce. I know I can't wait!!"

 -- Wendy Arthur

"My husband and I saw "The Prodigals" last night....so much fun! It was obvious that a TON of work had gone into the production, and we were very impressed. Mr. Sleadd, you are a highly talented individual and we are grateful to God for your vision in bringing this kind of entertainment to our community. We look forward to your next project!"

 -- Jan-Rob Culton

"I just want to tell all of you what a wonderful production this was! I have never seen local theatre or a Christian production so well written and produced. Congratulations to each and every one of you who must have worked tirelessly! I was amazed :-)"

 -- Libby  McLain

"Barnstormers Theatre was graced with a family show this past week when the Family Sleadd and the Family Kostrna teamed up with the Family Imel and Family Strom and supporting cast to present "The Prodigal" to packed houses. What a pleasant experience for those of us who were fortunate enough to get tickets to this meaningful, musically-enhanced story of forgiveness. Thank you all for your 'precise' work."

 -- Cliff Kuhlman

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