Why is OSLC doing Musical Theater?
Well the short answer is that the Worship Arts department wants to do a better job of finding ways to create relationships and grow disciples within our community. The question I am always asking is... "How is OSLC Worship Arts connecting with those outside our walls and with those who do not join us in worship?" Well there are a few different ideas that we have that we want to roll out during the next few years and one of those was to start an annual a spring musical that would involved our community both in the cast, crew as well as those who come to see the show. Our hope is that the musical will create new relationships with people outside our church family that we pray will turn into discipleship opportunities.
If you have ever been part of a play or musical, you know that during those 8-10 weeks of rehearsals and shows, the cast and crew become more than friends, they become family. I still talk to people I was in shows with back in college in the 90's and a few of them even came to my wedding. The experience of being in this type of an experience can be life-changing and is something we really felt God was calling us to do.
As far as not doing a Christian musical...well if our vision is to create relationships with people from the community who love theater, we really need to be putting on shows that will attract those types of people to try out not to mention shows that people from all over recognize and will want to see. The amount of quality, well written Christian musicals is few to none but trust me, if there were some, I would definitely do them. The shows we choose will be family-friends classics like "The Sound of Music", "Annie", "Oklahoma", "Mary Poppins" and others which will be appropriate in content and will appeal to a wide audience.
During the 8 weeks of rehearsals, the cast and crew will be doing regular devotions and having prayer together. We are doing some discipleship training with our cast members who are from the OSLC family so that they will know how to "be on mission" during each run of a show from start to finish.
Tickets will go on sale in the middle of April and will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12-17 with kids under 12 being free. Stay tuned for more info.
A musical is a lot of work but I know that God is about to do amazing things through the leadership team, cast and every volunteer that is a part of this wonderful foray into the world of theatrical production. Please pray for our cast and crew that God will use us to affect change in people's lives. Pray that people who don't know our Savior will see how great our God is and will come to know and love Him because of this production.
In His Grip,
Director of Worship Arts