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Behind the Scenes of “For Such A Time As This”

As we enter the final days of preparation for the production of “For Such A Time As This,” cast and crew alike are hard at work to make this an unforgettable experience. Final lines are being memorized, dance moves solidified, with sets, lighting and sound all in full swing.

We wanted to give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of what it takes to mount an original production with a shoestring budget and an amazing volunteer workforce. Every person involved brings a unique touch and character that will bring the show to life.

Photo Shoot

One of the first steps to mounting this production was our promotional photo shoot. We wanted the posters to reflect the unique personalities of each of the colorful lead characters. I think we captured just that with our amazing cast! It was a fun process with results that were distilled by graphic designer John Choate into posters and social media that draw you into the story without even knowing what it is.


Director Nicol Dunn is working closely with both the cast and crew to tell the story not just with words, but teaching them that with every step, and every expression we can give insight into the characters we portray. Actors now have moveable set pieces to work with that transform from scene to scene. The band is practicing hard and learning their cues in step with the actors.

Musical director Andy Thompson reflects on the process so far:

The show is going better than I could have hoped! It is pretty amazing to be a part of a production where everyone pulls together to create something special. The best part for me so far are the moments in rehearsal where we glimpse what the final product can be and a small thrill goes through the whole cast and crew. It’s one of those moments where individuals come together and grab hold of that special feeling you can only convey through music and performance.

We are looking forward to share with you this unique take on the story of Esther. Join us on Saturday, March 10 at 3:30 pm. Admission is free and there will be refreshments for sale before and at the intermission. This will be the perfect Saturday afternoon outing for you and your family.

For live videos, check out our Facebook event page.

See you there!

Jeremy Richardson

Jeremy Richardson

Jeremy serves as the Media Pastor at Shiloh in Kalona, Iowa. Jeremy has worked in the industry as a video editor, graphic designer, and web developer, all the while fostering his inner geek. He loves movies, music, and anything creative, and is driven to see the spirit of the living Word of God expressed in the creative realm.