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FROM READERS: MU students write, direct and star in St. Thomas More Newman Center musical

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:37 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bridget Kapp is a senior magazine journalism major at MU. This year she is directing the Newman Week Musical at the St. Thomas More Newman Center.

Every year, the St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia holds Newman Week, eight days full of events benefiting a local charity. This year the parish is supporting Heart of Missouri CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. The events are open to the public and try to involve students as well as Columbia residents.

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One event, completely student-led and organized, is the annual Newman Week Musical. MU students write, direct and perform a musical with an original score. This year's production, "History of the Bible: Part II," is a sequel to last year's part I and tells the stories of the New Testament in a witty, Mel Brooks-type fashion. Songs such as "The Holy Pedicure" are goofy, but they provide a new and humorous take on classic Bible stories.

I have been involved in the musical since my freshman year (2009-10), and it has always been one of my favorite parts of Newman Week. The musical allowed me to get more connected in the Newman community, and as a result I have made some of the greatest friends I've ever had. As a senior, I am thrilled to be able to direct this year's production. One of the greatest things about being a part of the musical's leadership team is that I can help other students find a faith family in Columbia. And of course, I love putting on a great show benefiting a worthy cause! Our cast of 15 students has gone above and beyond my expectations, and I know this year's show will be a hit. The show runs this Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 7-9, at 7 p.m. at the Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave.

I would love to see a large turnout from the community because that means more donations for CASA! Please join us in supporting this wonderful cause!

For a full list of Newman Week events, visit Newman's website. Feel free to e-mail me at bridget@comonewman.org for more information.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor Joy Mayer.


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