Friday, April 11, 2008

The Smallest of All a Huge Success

The Smallest of All Brought to Stage in St. Louis

by Rose DeCaro of the Theater of the Word Staff

Back row l-r: John Wolbers (The Abbe), Frank Zito (Francois), Kevin O'Brien (Louis), Tom Leith (Jacomet). Front row l-r: Jasmin Robles (Toinette), Maria Romine (Louise), Molly Comer (Bernadette), Kerry O'Brien (Jeanne).

Last month, the actors of Theater of the Word, Incorporated performed The Smallest of All at the John Paul II Theater in St. Louis, MO. The Smallest of All tells the story of St. Bernadette and the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The show opens with a scene depicting the Souboreaux Family and the struggle they have, especially with poverty. The audience sees how Bernadette was uneducated and ill because of her family’s financial hardship. They also meet other characters in the story who have hardened hearts- an atheist, a proud priest, a selfish child, a mean soldier, and even members of Bernadette’s family. One day while Bernadette is working outside, she receives an apparition from Our lady of Lourdes. This experience with Our Lady strengthens Bernadette, who then becomes an inspiration of faith and love to others around her. The audience sees the conversion of the atheist, the proud priest learns humility, the selfish child tries to cultivate virtue, and the soldier learn charity.

Kevin O’Brien, the director said, “It was indeed a blessing for all of us to be involved in this production.”

The author of the play, a nun named Mother Mary Francis, was a native of St. Louis and a personal friend of Archbishop Raymond Burke. The Archbishop attended a dress rehearsal of the show and enjoyed it immensely.

Over 500 people in St. Louis attended the four performances of The Smallest of All. The last show on Sunday, February 24 was followed by a sold out fundraising dinner entitled “Reclaiming the Arts.” Speaker and supporter Fr. Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press recounted how Theater of the Word began and the important role it will play in evangelization.

The next main stage show in St. Louis will be The Journey of St. Paul April 25, 26, and 27. To order tickets, please call 1-888-840-WORD.

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