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100% Chance of Fun

Story by Kathy Thompson. Photos by Alice Brette.

FBC in late August is typically a quiet place, but not this year. Sixteen rising third, fourth and fifth graders spent four days preparing for a musical production. 100% Chance of Rain will be presented Wednesday, November 1, at 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This play has a history at FBC, having been directed here a generation ago by Karen Stanley, former Minister to Children. Performers then included Kevin Beale, Cynthia Blackmore Maslyk, Amber Townsend West, and others.

100% Chance of Fun

Ruth Szucs, Music Ministry Associate, led the pre-musical prep camp, with assistance from Anne Ball, Tiffany Talley and Kathy Thompson. In addition to preparing for the musical, these women helped develop relationships with the children who participate in Carol Choir. They taught them how to read music and to understand the language of music. Madelyn said, “I love singing. Ms. Ruth explains it in a way I can understand.”

100% Chance of FunMovement, theory, hand-bells, chimes, and colored bells enhanced the songs and made the experience fun for the children. They learned sign language to accompany one of the songs. But camp also emphasized growing in faith. The children learned the story of Noah and how God used him. They also had the opportunity to choose a puppet to work with creatively to express their faith through music. As Ruth said, “Many feel they already have a purpose given to them by God. They want others to know they are beautiful and perfect just as God made them.”

100% Chance of FunA musical production is more than learning music and more than understanding the meaning of the story. It is also making sets. And the children did that as well. One of them, Anna, said she loved using her imagination to “make stuff.”

Knowing that no camp is complete without field trips, the schedule included afternoons swimming and going to Maymont Park, the Science Museum, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). A scavenger hunt at the VMFA provided the opportunity to see music and movement in great pieces of art.

Using their imaginations these children created representations of a symphony of music, played learning games, created sets and props for the musical, wrote music, and did a lot of laughing. When asked what they loved the best about the week, Menley and Kendyl summed it up in one word, “Everything!”


Kathy ThompsonKathy Thompson and her husband, Robert, have been members of FBC Richmond since 2012. Kathy is a former first grade teacher. She is the Studio Class Sunday School teacher and is active in the music ministry. Kathy and Robert have two sons, Matthew and Christopher, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, two beautiful grandchildren, Peyton Elizabeth and Lane Matthew, and two needy dogs, Eli and Brody.

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