The Gospel according to Musical Theatre

July 28, 2019 - August 23, 2019
Offered by Sorrento Centre

with Peter Elliott and Nathan LeRud
July 28 – August 3, 2019


The Gospel according to Musical Theatre:  You’ve got to be carefully taught…
with Peter Elliott and Nathan LeRud
Love musical theatre? Do you ever leave a performance reflecting on the story and sensing a theological or spiritual theme?  Join with others in this journey through some of the greatest musicals and explore how themes such as transformation, love, justice, mercy and judgment are woven into the plots, songs and characters of musical theatre.   Drawing on plays both classic and contemporary, from Rogers and Hammerstein to Lin-Manuel Miranda. This course will cover over 25 musicals, and include synopses and analyses, video clips, theological reflection and, of course, some time to sing along!



Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, has loved musical theatre for his whole life.  At age 12 he appeared as Oliver Twist in a semi-professional production of Oliver!  During his time as Cathedral Dean, Christ Church Cathedral has been the location of many musical theatre productions, including a memorable three night revue of the work of Stephen Sondheim September in the Cathedral with Sondheim, and Jubilation: 125 Years of Musical Theatre.

Nathan LeRud, Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, fell in love with musicals at age seven when taken to see a college production of Camelot. He memorized every note of the original cast recording and (as a boy soprano with freakish range) learned to sing all of Julie Andrews’ numbers. A double major in English and Theatre, favorite roles include Tevye in Fiddler, Pangloss in Candide, Mabel Swindle in Radio Gals and “Dean LeRud” in Trinity’s recently-produced spoof of The Book of Mormon, The Book of Common Prayer.”

Course Fee: $335


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