OCEAN?PARK, Wash. Looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day? People of all ages will enjoy the musical The Reluctant Dragon 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Ocean Park Methodist Church.
English composer John Rutters setting of the Kenneth Grahame story features Bob Walters as the over-confident dragon slayer St. George, young Blake Kukula as the Boy, and Everitt Pace plays the talented but timid Dragon. A chorus of a dozen singers under the direction of Sandy Nielson adds to the fun. Barbara Poulschock will assist on the piano.
Last spring many of the same performers took another Rutter piece, The Wind In The Willows, to both Long Beach Peninsula elementary schools. With the urging of those audiences, Seat of Their Pants Productions (as the group is called) added a public show that drew a full house. This years Mothers Day show will include appearances by several talented young musicians as well.
Both Rutter short entertainments share similar touches of humor and thoughtful insights along with the composers whimsical blending of musical styles. Theres a do-wap chorus for the fight scene and a hilarious take-off on a Bach fugue, Guzzle, Guzzle, Guzzle in the banquet scene.
A reception will follow the program. The admission of $5 (ages 12 and up) will be donated to the Ocean Park Back Pack for Kids Program. Children under 12 are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank.
Ocean Park Methodist Church is located at 262nd Street and Park Avenue in Ocean Park, Wash. For more information, call 360-665-2540.