Christ Episcopal Church hosts Broadway Mass

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Christ Episcopal Church in Kent resounded with the music of the Great White Way as it raised the curtain on its debut Broadway Mass on Feb. 10. Those attending could sing along with music from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" to Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell."

"There are so many inspiring musical theater songs to choose from, it was hard to pick just a few," said Christ Episcopal Church member Katherine Burke.

Led by Jonathan Swoboda, assistant professor of theater in Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance, the choir and congregation sang songs from such shows as "Oliver!," "Finian's Rainbow," "Into the Woods," and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Swoboda has served as the music director of more than 75 productions and has toured as the featured keyboard artist for the "18th Century Rock 'n' Roll" group Mannheim Steamroller.

"Most Sundays, we sing beautiful choral music from the traditional Episcopal hymnal," said choir member Liz Pryor, "but this week we got to channel our inner Bernadette Peters!"

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