Team to tour this summer

Northwestern College’s Drama Ministries Ensemble (DME) will hit the road again for 10 weeks this summer, performing enacted prayer; Elisha, an ancient play of Israel; and September Bears, their popular 9/11 play. The 11-member team will perform in churches and in some community theatres across the United States, as well as at the Reformed Church in America’s General Synod in Schenectady, N.Y., in June.

September Bears, by NWC theatre professor Jeff Barker, tells the story of Manhattan schoolteacher Sue Lucarelli. In the aftermath of September 11, Lucarelli found that a classroom teddy bear gave her fourth graders a tangible sense of security. Members of her Long Island church helped her find bears for all the students and then expanded their ministry to other schools, eventually providing over 60,000 bears to NYC children and healing themselves in the process.

September Bears has been performed off-Broadway in New York and at the Crystal Cathedral in California.