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Early One Morning Reviews
"The idea of "a one-act liturgical musical" can indeed be perplexing, but Early One Morning perfectly embodies this unique dramatic genre. Relying on scripture, reflection, and faith, Ron Melrose has composed a stunningly beautiful score that captures the emotional and spiritual experience of Mary Magdalene as she visits the tomb on Easter morning. The figure of Mary Magdalene is artfully portrayed by Cindy Marchionda, who combines a fiery passion with subtle nuances to show Magdalene's depth and devotion. Andy Gale's stealthy direction and Chris Haberl's skillful musical direction compliment Cindy's talent and Ron's inspiration to make Magdalene's journey transparent to the audience. Never is there a dull moment. Never is there a dry eye. More importantly, never is there a time when the audience questions the integrity of the artists at work. This is musical ministry at its' finest. Bravo to the gifted souls who make Early One Morning come alive as a powerful work of suffering, healing, redemption, and hope! "
Christopher Kuczewski, Master of Arts in Theology, St. John's University

"Cindy Marchionda's powerful performance in Early One Morning brings to life the struggles, hopes, sorrows, and elation of Mary Magdalene in a way that truly touches the soul. Her amazing voice and dramatic presentation beautifully compliment the spectacular music and striking lyrics of this one act musical. Cindy makes Early One Morning a moving and unforgettable experience.
Marian Maskulak, CPS, Ph.D., Queens, NY

"We have become huge fans of both Ron Melrose's Early One Morning and Cindy's performance in the production. She brings her gifts of a beautiful voice and spirit, as well as the ability to enter into the character she is portraying. As Mary Magdalene, she communicates the depth of the experience of conversion, and brings new insights into the traumatic days of Jesus' death and resurrection. The power in her interpretation is unforgettable."
Carl and Hollie Ruthberg, THEATRE 315; New York, NY

"Again, thank you for your gift to our church family. Personally, God used you in such a powerful way to minister to my soul. It was a healing and cleansing day in so many ways that I'm still unpacking in my heart. I told our elders this morning that this was the very best Easter I can ever remember. Thank you for serving God faithfully with the gifts and talents He has given you by choosing to serve others."
Pastor Scott Mansfield, Community Alliance Church; Vermont

"Our congregation still is talking about how thrilled they were by Early One Morning. I consider Early One Morning the most powerful Christian presentation I've seen."
Pastor Robert Versteeg, Oak Hills United Methodist Church; Cincinnati, Ohio

"I just came back from seeing your incredible creature... and I'm in bliss! Tonight all I could do was breathe very deeply and hope that the beauty of the moment got engraved in my soul forever."
Silvia Soto; Madrid, Spain
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