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“Tears of Hope” is a special presentation of The Lutheran Hour®. Hosted by Lutheran Hour Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael Ziegler, this radio drama is based on an episode of This is the Life. Taking the visual storyline written for the 1950s and giving it a modern twist for radio was entrusted to writer, Andréa Vasilo.

The excitement and anticipation for the annual camping trip with Dad ends with a devastating turn of events. Broken and blaming himself, Luke questions how a good and gracious God could allow such tragedy to strike. An unexpected voice helps remind Luke of hope eternal.

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Cast - in order of appearance:

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler
Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler began as Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® in October 2018. He previously served as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in St. Louis and currently also serves part-time as an Air Force Reserve officer. Dr. Zeigler and his wife Amy have four children.

Michael Ziegler

Chirstina Lopez-Robin - Narrator
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Christina began acting as a girl, joining a musical theater group in high school. She has sung, danced, and acted at various venues, including Busch Gardens. Christina recently joined Lutheran Hour Ministries in 2023 as the Social Media Manager and Marketing Specialist for the U.S. Hispanic Ministry. She now lives in St Louis with her husband, kitty, and foster child.

Chirstina Lopez-Robin

Chris Macky - Luke Foster
Chris Macky serves as LHM’s Instructional Designer, designing curriculum and other educational resources to encourage people in their faith. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two teenagers.

Chris Macky

Caitlin Bromberger - Molly Foster
Caitlin Bromberger is excited to be a part of her first LHM radio production and their outreach to spread the Good News of hope in this year’s Easter production. This story hits home personally, as she has experienced the loss of a child, but is beyond grateful that there is hope wrapped up in that grief because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Caitlin also serves on the Board of Directors at a local community theatre, Monroe Actors Stage Company in Waterloo, IL and has performed in several of their shows. Her role as Marthe DeBrancovis in Watch On The Rhine, remains her favorite role, which secured her a Best Supporting Actress award from Arts For Life, an organization dedicated to honoring local community theatre companies from all of St. Louis and the Metro East. She lives in Columbia, IL with her husband and three children.

Caitlin Bromberger

Gavin Nobbe - Daniel Foster
Gavin is 13 years old and an 8th Grader at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School. Gavin has performed in many shows over the years throughout St. Louis. Most recently he was seen in the Mean Girls at Visitation Academy and played the Little Boy/Edgar in Ragtime (Union Avenue Opera). Gavin is also part of The Muny Kids Touring Troupe and has performed on The Muny mainstage the last 3 summers. Some of Gavin’s favorite roles have been Peter Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Stages Performing Arts Academy) and Little Josh in Big, The Musical (Stages Performing Arts). When not performing Gavin studies Voice with Dr. Jeffrey Carter & Dance with Ms. Natalie at Rokita Dance Studio.

Gavin Nobbe

Jameson Roam - Alan Weber
Jameson is a freshman at Westminster Christian Academy. Jameson acts, sings, and dances in theatrical productions at Westminster, serves on the student council, and has competed on the wrestling team and rock climbing club. Jameson is a member of the Westminster’s Presidents List for outstanding academic achievement. In addition to his school activities, Jameson has performed at the Muny Theater as a member of the Muny Kids Troupe and performed with the Muny Holiday Troupe. Jameson also actively participates as a volunteer on the production team at One Family Church.

Alan Weber

Abby Hogan - Young Pieper Foster
Abby is 15 years old and a current freshman at Visitation Academy. She can be seen around town performing with the MUNY Kids Troupe and the MUNY Kids and Teens Holiday Troupe. She also performs with several local community theaters. Some of her favorites are The Sound of Music (Marta von Trapp- STL MUNY), Mary Poppins (Jane Banks - Missouri Baptist Univ.), Annie (Annie - Visitation Academy). You may also have seen her performing in the youth ensemble at the MUNY in Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Matilda and Kinky Boots. She studies voice at Lisa Christine Studios and dance at the Professional Dance Center.

Abby Hogan

Mark Eischer - Mr. Updyke
Mark Eischer is the announcer and senior producer for “The Lutheran Hour.” He has been the voice of “The Lutheran Hour” since 1982. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and enjoys his 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Mark Eischer

Jim Bradley - Pastor Martin
Jim Bradley, with over 30 shows under his belt, is a veteran stage actor, appearing on many stages in the St. Louis area. He has also done voice over work for radio stations throughout Southern Illinois, however, this is his debut with Lutheran Hour Ministries. He is excited to be part of this project and to tell this story. He a retired union electrician who lives in Belleville, IL.

Jim Bradley

Marc Derro - News Reporter
Marc Derro is a voice actor and Emmy award-winning TV promo producer living in Greensboro, North Carolina. When he’s not behind the mic, he’s probably watching binge-worthy shows with his wife, playing video games with his son, or honing his sleight of hand skills.

Marc Derro


Andréa Vasilo

Andréa has been a lover of words since she was a child, and is so excited to be a part of this special project. While living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment industry, she had the privilege of co-writing the second episode of the sophomore season of Netflix’s popular Warrior Nun, then joined the writers’ room of JJ Abrams’ highly-anticipated new series Subject to Change for Max. Her original pilot script, “Darkroom,” recently landed her a semifinalist position in the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Writers Program. She resides in Chicago with her miniature longhaired dachshund, Toby.

Andréa Vasilo

Additional Credits:
A special thanks to Monroe Actors Stage Company, Waterloo, Illinois and The Muny Education Department, St. Louis, Missouri, and The Children’s Choirs of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana .
Recorded at Shock City Studios, Saint Louis, Missouri

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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