Thanks to Youth Sing Praise alumna Colleen Dulle for the feature article of the new musical ‘Just Pretend’ by Bradley J. Behrmann and Orin Johnson in the St. Louis Review. The article also includes coverage of the Twitter Talk Back Session following the world premiere. Photos by Weston Kenney.
A PAIR OF QUEENS–Kristy Lozano (Victoria/Vashti) plays the deposed queen of Persia, while Julia Pottinger (Ella/Esther) portrays her successor. With the play-within-a-play device, teens portrayed both actors putting on a Purim spiel and ancient characters within the Esther story.
PRE-SHOW RITUAL–The cast and creative team of ‘Just Pretend’ gather for a final boost of confidence before the show commences. At Youth Sing Praise, the show acts as a capstone to the week of prayer and preparation.
BACKSTAGE AT THE AMPHITHEATRE–Julia Pottinger (Ella/Esther) assists Zach Thompson (Harry/Hegai) with his microphone before the premiere of ‘Just Pretend’. Collin Borisenko (Zeke/Xerxes) scans the crowd of over a thousand in attendance on a cool summer night.