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Evangel students present A Night on Broadway: Benefit Concert for Convoy of Hope

Published on Jan 25, 2018 by Mallory Johnson


• Due to popular demand, a second performance has been added — now Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. AND Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.   (1/30)


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The cast of A Night on Broadway: Benefit Concert during a rehearsal of Circle of Life from “The Lion King.” // PHOTO BY Paul K. Logsdon



SPRINGFIELD, MO — “The idea for this concert was sparked by a desire to give students who excel in music, theater and dance an opportunity to participate and perform in a fun environment, while we give back to those who are in need,” said Joshua Little, one of two Evangel University seniors producing A Night on Broadway: Benefit Concert.

Little and fellow music education major Juliana Beatie are co-directing the entirely student led and performed concert on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. More than 30 students are volunteering their time and talents to aid communities affected by natural disasters, through Springfield-based Convoy of Hope.

A Night on Broadway

“As we were dreaming over this event, we also noted the need for support of countries, cities and people who have been afflicted by natural disasters this past year,” said Little. “We decided to pair our creative ideas with our hope to support an organization that is known for reaching out to afflicted communities in times of need.”

One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Convoy of Hope’s disaster relief efforts.

The price of admission is either a monetary donation, or a donation of hygiene kit materials, such as bars of soap, hand towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, combs and stick deodorants.

Students volunteer

“We knew that there were many people on campus that love show-tunes and Broadway music. It was because of this that we set out to create a purely volunteer cast of talented musicians, dancers and actors/actresses to create this exciting show,” said Little.

“Whether it is a classic like The Sound of Music or a modern musical like Hamilton, most everyone knows a good show tune, and we are excited to present a show that is for all ages and encompasses many eras of Broadway music,” he added.

Little and Beatie began pitching the idea to other students in October and formed a full cast within a few weeks, including choreographer Mariah Stelling, a junior elementary education major.

“Immediately, the show was coming together and taking off,” said Beatie. “The concert features live student vocalists, as well as student accompanists through piano, percussion, viola, bass, flute and more.”

A Night on Broadway: Benefit Concert is a family-friendly musical theatre experience for all ages. The concert will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in Evangel’s Barnett Fine Arts Center. Due to popular demand, a second performance has been added for Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes before show time.

The public entrance to the Barnett Fine Arts Center is south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.





Act 1

Magic To Do from “Pippin”

  • Performed by full company, with solo by Joshua Little

Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ from “Oklahoma”

  • Performed by Ryan Leathers, Wesley Wilson and Joshua Little
  • Accompanied by Laura Earlenbaugh

I Know It’s Today from “Shrek the Musical”

  • Performed by Lisa Earlenbaugh, Mariah Stelling and Juliana Beatie

Agony from “Into the Woods”

  • Performed by Ryan Leathers and Joshua Little
  • Accompanied by Laura Earlenbaugh, with Matt Pavon on viola

Think of Me from “The Phantom of the Opera”

  • Performed by Juliana Beatie
  • Accompanied by Mrs. Jane Harris

Anything You Can Do from “Annie Get Your Gun”

  • Performed by the full ensemble
  • Accompanied by Heather Culbertson

Act 2

Circle of Life from “The Lion King”

  • Opening performed by Erin Payne
  • Verses performed by Lisa Earlenbaugh
  • Accompanied by Heather Culbertson, with Daniel Braunberger, Kade Williams, Josiah Love and Matthew Pavon on percussion

Giants In the Sky from “Into the Woods”

  • Performed by Joshua Little
  • Accompanied by Mrs. Jane Harris, with Matthew Pavon on viola

Hard-Knock Life/Tomorrow from “Annie”

  • Performed by company women, with solo by Mariah Stelling
  • Accompanied by Kathryn Baker

Do-Re-Mi from “Sound of Music”

  • Solo by Juliana Beatie
  • Accompanied by Kathryn Baker, with Mariah Cook on flute

Hamilton Medley (History Has Its Eyes On You, Burn, Wait For It, Story of Tonight)

  • History Has Its Eyes On You” performed by Wesley Wilson and Ryan Leathers
  • Burn performed by Erin Payne
  • Wait For It performed by Joshua Little
  • Accompanied by Lauren Dawson, with Kade Williams on percussion and Matthew Pavon on viola


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The percussion team includes junior Matthew Pavon, sophomore Josiah Love, and freshmen Daniel Bramberger and Kade Williams. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)



Joshua Little

Ryan Leathers

Wesley Wilson

Juliana Beatie

Mariah Stelling

Lisa Earlenbaugh

Erin Payne



Mariah Cook

Kalise Garner

Lauren Dawson

Laura Holeman

Heather Culbertson

Mikaela McGarrah

Rachel Dadian

Laura Earlenbaugh

Kathryn Baker

Sydney Holland

Jonathan Alvarado

Noah Holmes

Nicholas Cole

Daniel Braunberger

Josiah Love



Laura Earlenbaugh (Piano)

Heather Culbertson (Piano)

Kathryn Baker (Piano)

Edward Beihl (Bass)

Lauren Dawson (Piano)

Mrs. Jane Harris (Piano)

Matthew Pavon (Viola/Percussion)

Josiah Love (Percussion)

Daniel Braunberger (Percussion)

Kade Williams (Percussion)

Mariah Cook (Flute)