Grammy winner Frederick B. Owens helps bring Broadway to Copetown United Church Mar. 25

WhatsOn Mar 14, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

A little bit of Broadway is coming to Copetown on Mar. 25.

Frederick B. Owens, who has performed in multiple stage shows on the Great White Way, including revivals of Man of La Mancha and Jesus Christ Superstar, and is also a Grammy Award winner, will be featured in an upcoming two-hour concert at the Copetown United Church.

“We’re calling it 'The Bible and Broadway' and basically what I did was I asked each of the performers to think about the Broadway songs that they had performed or wanted to perform that had particular meaning for them with respect to their faith,” said Pastor Alison Miculan.

Miculan connected with Owens about three year ago through the Hamilton theatre arts scene. Her own children were a part of Theatre Aquarius and it was through her contacts in that community that she became acquainted with the performer.

Challenged to help draw young people back into the church, Miculan wanted to do a youth version of Jesus Christ Superstar, but did not want it to be another High School Musical type of show.

“I thought, ‘That’s not going to engage youth, that’s not going to bring them in droves into the church. This has got to be polished.’ So I applied for grant money and all this kind of stuff to make sure that I had the resources in place to able to do it well,” she said.

That challenge would be the start of what she would call “dramatic worship.”  Owens learned about the project after Miculan spread the word and he immediately wanted to volunteer. As a result, he reprised his Broadway role of Caiaphas.

“Fred is very passionate about his faith and he’s very passionate about youth,” she said, noting that he understood it was all about getting youth excited about church.

Since then, the two have collaborated on multiple projects alongside Christopher Bee, Paula Groves and Melanie Smith – all talented performers in their own right. Bee and Smith have worked with Opera Hamilton and Groves has performed at the Shaw Theatre.

For the upcoming concert, the group has taken on the task of finding great music and making it their own.

“We’ve got an amazing selection of stuff from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, we’ve got Godspell, we’ve got Jesus Christ Superstar, we’ve even got a couple of pieces from Rent,” she said.

The performance will be broken up into three acts, entitled Faith, Hope, and Love.

“Fred had chosen “I’ll Cover You” (Rent) as his love song of faith because his uncle actually died of AIDS and it’s a very moving song for him, and I think with all of them, because by asking them to pick their stuff and what really moved them, my goodness, it comes through.”

The group had its first full rehearsal two weeks ago and Miculan said even though she has heard the music on numerous occasions, she was in tears by the end.

“It was just like, ‘Wow.’”

What makes the upcoming concert and indeed the past performances special she said, was that the group of performers found her, Miculan didn’t go out and recruit them.

“I feel that they were very spirit driven because it didn’t come from me."

The concert will take place on Sat., Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25. For tickets: call Bill and Yvonne Shewfelt at 905-627-7825

Grammy winner Frederick B. Owens helps bring Broadway to Copetown United Church Mar. 25

WhatsOn Mar 14, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

A little bit of Broadway is coming to Copetown on Mar. 25.

Frederick B. Owens, who has performed in multiple stage shows on the Great White Way, including revivals of Man of La Mancha and Jesus Christ Superstar, and is also a Grammy Award winner, will be featured in an upcoming two-hour concert at the Copetown United Church.

“We’re calling it 'The Bible and Broadway' and basically what I did was I asked each of the performers to think about the Broadway songs that they had performed or wanted to perform that had particular meaning for them with respect to their faith,” said Pastor Alison Miculan.

Miculan connected with Owens about three year ago through the Hamilton theatre arts scene. Her own children were a part of Theatre Aquarius and it was through her contacts in that community that she became acquainted with the performer.

Challenged to help draw young people back into the church, Miculan wanted to do a youth version of Jesus Christ Superstar, but did not want it to be another High School Musical type of show.

“I thought, ‘That’s not going to engage youth, that’s not going to bring them in droves into the church. This has got to be polished.’ So I applied for grant money and all this kind of stuff to make sure that I had the resources in place to able to do it well,” she said.

That challenge would be the start of what she would call “dramatic worship.”  Owens learned about the project after Miculan spread the word and he immediately wanted to volunteer. As a result, he reprised his Broadway role of Caiaphas.

“Fred is very passionate about his faith and he’s very passionate about youth,” she said, noting that he understood it was all about getting youth excited about church.

Since then, the two have collaborated on multiple projects alongside Christopher Bee, Paula Groves and Melanie Smith – all talented performers in their own right. Bee and Smith have worked with Opera Hamilton and Groves has performed at the Shaw Theatre.

For the upcoming concert, the group has taken on the task of finding great music and making it their own.

“We’ve got an amazing selection of stuff from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, we’ve got Godspell, we’ve got Jesus Christ Superstar, we’ve even got a couple of pieces from Rent,” she said.

The performance will be broken up into three acts, entitled Faith, Hope, and Love.

“Fred had chosen “I’ll Cover You” (Rent) as his love song of faith because his uncle actually died of AIDS and it’s a very moving song for him, and I think with all of them, because by asking them to pick their stuff and what really moved them, my goodness, it comes through.”

The group had its first full rehearsal two weeks ago and Miculan said even though she has heard the music on numerous occasions, she was in tears by the end.

“It was just like, ‘Wow.’”

What makes the upcoming concert and indeed the past performances special she said, was that the group of performers found her, Miculan didn’t go out and recruit them.

“I feel that they were very spirit driven because it didn’t come from me."

The concert will take place on Sat., Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25. For tickets: call Bill and Yvonne Shewfelt at 905-627-7825

Grammy winner Frederick B. Owens helps bring Broadway to Copetown United Church Mar. 25

WhatsOn Mar 14, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

A little bit of Broadway is coming to Copetown on Mar. 25.

Frederick B. Owens, who has performed in multiple stage shows on the Great White Way, including revivals of Man of La Mancha and Jesus Christ Superstar, and is also a Grammy Award winner, will be featured in an upcoming two-hour concert at the Copetown United Church.

“We’re calling it 'The Bible and Broadway' and basically what I did was I asked each of the performers to think about the Broadway songs that they had performed or wanted to perform that had particular meaning for them with respect to their faith,” said Pastor Alison Miculan.

Miculan connected with Owens about three year ago through the Hamilton theatre arts scene. Her own children were a part of Theatre Aquarius and it was through her contacts in that community that she became acquainted with the performer.

Challenged to help draw young people back into the church, Miculan wanted to do a youth version of Jesus Christ Superstar, but did not want it to be another High School Musical type of show.

“I thought, ‘That’s not going to engage youth, that’s not going to bring them in droves into the church. This has got to be polished.’ So I applied for grant money and all this kind of stuff to make sure that I had the resources in place to able to do it well,” she said.

That challenge would be the start of what she would call “dramatic worship.”  Owens learned about the project after Miculan spread the word and he immediately wanted to volunteer. As a result, he reprised his Broadway role of Caiaphas.

“Fred is very passionate about his faith and he’s very passionate about youth,” she said, noting that he understood it was all about getting youth excited about church.

Since then, the two have collaborated on multiple projects alongside Christopher Bee, Paula Groves and Melanie Smith – all talented performers in their own right. Bee and Smith have worked with Opera Hamilton and Groves has performed at the Shaw Theatre.

For the upcoming concert, the group has taken on the task of finding great music and making it their own.

“We’ve got an amazing selection of stuff from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, we’ve got Godspell, we’ve got Jesus Christ Superstar, we’ve even got a couple of pieces from Rent,” she said.

The performance will be broken up into three acts, entitled Faith, Hope, and Love.

“Fred had chosen “I’ll Cover You” (Rent) as his love song of faith because his uncle actually died of AIDS and it’s a very moving song for him, and I think with all of them, because by asking them to pick their stuff and what really moved them, my goodness, it comes through.”

The group had its first full rehearsal two weeks ago and Miculan said even though she has heard the music on numerous occasions, she was in tears by the end.

“It was just like, ‘Wow.’”

What makes the upcoming concert and indeed the past performances special she said, was that the group of performers found her, Miculan didn’t go out and recruit them.

“I feel that they were very spirit driven because it didn’t come from me."

The concert will take place on Sat., Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. and tickets are $25. For tickets: call Bill and Yvonne Shewfelt at 905-627-7825