'Two from Galilee': Night of Music opens tonight at AG Church in Willmar


WILLMAR — The 53rd annual Night of Music, "Two from Galilee," will be presented at 7 p.m. today through Saturday with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar.

Tickets are free, but required, and available at the church, Good News Bookstore, Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop or on the church website www.willmarag.org. A freewill offering will benefit the Kandiyohi County Area Food Shelf.

"Two From Galilee" is the story of two real people whose lives were touched by God. Mary and Joseph — a teenage girl and a young carpenter, played by Gretchen Otness and Mitchell Schueler — are alone, frightened, in love, faced with family conflict, a hostile world and an awesome responsibility.

Mary marries Joseph over her mother's objections and with her father's approval. Then, Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled — the virgin Mary conceives the child destined to be the Messiah. This immaculate conception is disbelieved by all — but God's messenger visits Joseph confirming Mary's story.

Mary and Joseph set up housekeeping in Nazareth. When Joseph goes to Bethlehem for the census, Mary insists on going with him. There, Mary gives birth in the stable.

And three Magi — while presenting gifts — warn Joseph to go to Egypt until the danger is past.

Other members of the cast are Ashley Wentzel, Isaiah Wentzel, Becca Moll, Ann Holter, Torry Norling, Anna Kerstetter, Cindy Kerstetter, Jay Baker, Arnie Plowman, Mark Holtan, Matt Rohlik, Andrew Benson, Mark Aslesen, Dean Larson, Jerome Ledeboer, Mitch Schwindt, Matthew Nelson, Jim Hillenbrand, Craig Holter, Chad Scheltens, Lee Tebben, Nici Ahrenholz, Steve Johnson, Jeremy Hillenbrand, Gregg Hanson, Doug Reese and Erica Horyza.

Members of the kids choirs are Lacey-Rae McDevitt, Cassie Holter, Evie Horyza, Winsor Horyza, Karter Manson, Kaycee Manson, Ada Miron, Cole Miron, Abbott Schueler, Abram Schueler, Samuel Sheets and Elijah Wentzel.

Members of the youth choir are Audra Kneprath, Ashleigh McDevitt, Caleb McDevitt, Aftyn McGillivray, Ayden Schueler, Aubrey Schueler, Grace Sheets, Matthew Sheets and Malaya Yague.

Choir members are Gail Ammermann, Wally Ammermann, Lori Aslesen, Tami Baker, Kris Brouwer, Leon Carlson, Peggy Garberich, Kathy Halldin, Linda Hanson, Deb Hillenbrand, Ron Huisinga, Becca Johnson, Randy Johnson, Alanah Karpen, Dean Kasperson, Lois Kasperson, Pam Kleinhuizen, Paul Kleinhuizen, Nick Larson, Robin Ledeboer, Amanda Manson, Ruthie Meyering, Heather Miron, Bart Murphy, Shannon Orred, Marilyn Orsten, Vandla Peart, Kris Poe, Deb Rogers, Cindy Rosengren, Kathy Ruud, Paige Sabe, Sally Schleusner, Rick Schwindt, Sheri Schwindt, Sera Seitsema, Rose Slagter, Doug Sweeter, Ann Zimmer and some members of the cast.

This will be the last production for longtime director Nancy Murphy.

Dorothy Poverud is the stage manager and Nici Ahrenholz did the choreography.

The technical director is Peter Johnson and the audio engineer is Ron Huisinga.

Lighting design is by Tracy Paulson with Cody Miller the lighting assistant.

Set design is by Leonard Jergenson with carpentry by Gary Bonnema and Dave Burns.

Dawne Post did the costume design and Becca Johnson is in charge of properties.

The entire offering from the show will be given to the Kandiyohi County Area Food Shelf.