Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz

Twenty-two energetic young performers took center stage at Our Lady of Perpetual Church, Lindenhurst, on Monday night, Aug. 13, as they participated in an upbeat, lighthearted musical production based on the parables found in Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel.

A presentation of the OLPH music ministry, the 40-minute show was the culmination of the parish’s annual five-day musical theatre camp that took place the previous week. During daily two-hour sessions, campers learned and rehearsed their roles under the supervision of Amy Keller, a former professional actress, singer and dancer, and director of the parish youth choir.

This year marked the fifth straight summer OLPH has hosted the camp. Each production has focused on a different story or stories from the Bible. The campers this summer portrayed the people (and animals) referred to in the parables of the lost coin, lost sheep and Prodigal Son. Participants included students from third through tenth grade.

Prior to the show—which attracted an audience of more than 150 people— performers, production crew and guests gathered in the church auditorium for a communal meal featuring hot dogs and hamburgers. Everyone convened again after the show for a reception highlighted by variety of desserts provided by the OLPH hospitality committee and members of the parish.