(2016) Gloria Tour

Bunce Backyard Productions presents



Based on songs & stories of Ken Medema (and Michael Pearce Donley)

Directed by Lori & Greg Bunce

Originally written by a Bethel College interim class (1982),  under the direction of Jeff Miller and
toured with The Refreshment Committee (founded 1983).

ABOUT GLORIA: Gloria is an inspiring, funny, and entertaining musical about how God cares about and shows His amazing grace to everyday people. Based on outstanding music and lyrics by Ken Medema (and Michael Pearce Donley), this show was written by a group of college students who wanted to make a difference in the world.

We hope you will help us fill the house for these final performances of GLORIA — if you don’t, you may regret it and tell us “I wish I’d brought more people” (we hear it after every show)! Really. You don’t want to miss this one.

This show is approximately two hours, including intermission.


As pictured in photo on left:  
Front row: Jessica Arend (Woman Bent), Gabriella Abbott (Woman Caught), Sharayah Bunce (Gloria), Diana Lemanski (Hagar)
Back row: Trevor Bunce (Legion), Sam Adamsson (Crippled Man), Ryan Christensen (Moses), Stalyon Blackmon (Zaccheus)
Not pictured:  Rick Drake (pianist), Peter Liu (pianist), Jesse Newton (lighting), Greg & Lori Bunce (directors)



Minnesota (Twin Cities) Tour 2016

Friday, June 17                   Vision of Glory Lutheran Church
7:00 pm (full show)                13200 Highway 55, Plymouth, MN

Sunday, June 19                Cross Winds United Methodist Church
9:30 am  (90 min)                  15051 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove
(slightly abridged)                    (Sunday morning service)

Saturday, June 25             Shepherd’s Hill Farm  (approx one hour south of the Twin Cities)
7:30 pm (full show)                10970 Cody Lake Trail, Montgomery, MN  56069
                                                   $10 at the door 

Sat., July 2, 5:30 pm        Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Sun., July 3, 9:45 am          7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove
(60 min abridged)                    (Sat eve and Sun morning services)

Friday, July 8                     Hope Lutheran Church
7:30 pm                                     5200 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis
(full show)                                   Free and open to the public


Saturday, July 9              Central Baptist Church, 420 Roy St. N., St. Paul, MN  55104
6 pm reception
                 Dessert Reception for all Gloria casts, all 1980’s RC shows and loving friends and family!
7:30 pm                               Show free, open to the Public, as well as Gloria friends & Central Baptist congregation
(full show)

Sunday, July 10                 Advent Lutheran Church
9:30 am                                       9475 Jefferson Hwy, Maple Grove
(60 min abridged)                     (Sunday morning service)

Final 2016 Performances:  August 12 & 13

Friday, Aug 12                  Maple Grove Covenant Church
Saturday, Aug 13               9350 Upland Lane, Maple Grove
7:30 pm                                                    

$10/adults and $8/kids* under 18 & 65+
*Best for ages 7+. (Act Two’s story about the demon-possessed man may be frightening for young children.)
For best seats, purchase online in advance. Remaining tickets will be sold at the Door.



CHANNEL 12 NEWS STORY here (Aug 12 & 13, 2016)

promo video


From Michael Pearce Donley, written to the Gloria cast and crew after the Gloria Reunion & Show (July 9): 

…I thought your performance was outstanding. It was honest, musical, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. I was actually really surprised at how well the material has stood the test of time! It says a lot about the great Ken Medema – that these songs still ring true after all these years. And it says a lot for your skill as performers and directors that it landed so well 30+ years later! And man, you guys can SING! Thank you for the care you put into this work and for sharing it with US. And ultimately we glorify GOD, the One for whom it’s always been.


July 9 GLORIA REUNION!  2016 Gloria Cast with many of the original Gloria cast members
Gloria reunion current and original membersEDITED

First row: Gabriella Abbott, Sharayah Bunce, Stalyon Blackmon
Second row: Rick Drake, Jesse Newton, Peter Liu, Jessica Arend, Ryan Christensen, Diana Lemanski, Trevor Bunce, Sam Adamsson
Third row: David Birkelbaw (Shamus), Matt Felmlee (Zaccheus/Legion), Lori Anderson Bunce (Gloria), Mary Miller (Hagar), Jeff Miller (Director), Nancy Johnson Owzarek (Sarah/writer), Angie Johnson Gislason (Hagar), Amy Koelz Duininck (Woman Caught/writer), Jann Lindaman Guldseth (Woman Caught).
Fourth row: Frank Sanza (Shamus), Amy Bragg Carey (Woman Bent), Ann Blevins Bushyeager (Sarah), Greg Bunce (Shamus), Mike Donley (pianist), Pam Freeman Bond (Woman Bent), Michael Bond (Legion), Barry Rinehart (original Zaccheus/Pharisee/writer).




                                     The Story of GLORIA:

Gloria.  Gloria Morgan.  

She grew up in Minnesota somewhere; she couldn’t wait to get away.  She moved to New York City.  Now she’s in advertising….  and she hates her life.  

She likes to dream.BBP_GloriaPromo4

Gloria Morgan, a Midwestern woman working in the big city, feels empty and dissatisfied… that is, until she meets seven intriguing characters on her way to work, each one telling of personal “meetings” with Jesus and how they were changed.

Come and experience this unique musical about hope reborn, utilizing the humor, creative gifts and musical talents of Ken Medema, Michael Pearce Donley, and eleven talented performing artists, and presented by the grace of God!

Come dreaming with us…


1985 Gloria artwork


In 1982, “Gloria” was written by a group of Bethel college students during a January interim class, directed by professor Jeff Miller. The class members and writers were  Barry Rinehart, Nancy Johnson (now Owzarek), Amy Koelz (now Duininck), Brad Bak, Annette Bilhorn, and Steve Harrington. Mary Miller also performed in this interim production.

The show was developed and performed at the Bethel Homecoming that fall of 1982, and added were pianist Paul Tippett, and performers Pamela Freeman (now Bond), Lori Anderson (now Bunce), Matt Felmlee, Frank Sanza, and Pete Kramka. In 1983, Jeff and Mary Miller founded The Refreshment Committee, a non-profit Theater company, and booked a tour of “Gloria” to Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.  This first West Coast 1983 Tour included Jeff & Mary Miller, Pamela Freeman, Nancy Owzarek, Amy Koelz, Lori Anderson, Barry Rinehart, Matt Felmlee, Brad Bak, Frank Sanza and Mike Dirks. Kelli McNutt (now Tatum) was choreographer, and Scott Robertson was technical engineer.  In 1984 and 1985, pianist/performer Michael Pearce Donley joined the group, along with Michael Bond, Tom Mills, Angie Johnson (now Gislason), Jann Lindaman (now Guldseth), Carl Holzworth, Ted Slaecker, Ann Blevins (now Bushyeager) and others.  The show continued touring for five more years, adding many wonderful and memorable cast members throughout the years.

First summer tour in 1983 to West Coast:


1984 Winter Tour to East Coast:


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