Unlike many of its past Easter productions, Calvary Assembly of God's original musical "Our Savior's Here" tells the story of Jesus Christ's resurrection in a modern day.
Unlike many of its past Easter productions, Calvary Assembly of God’s original musical "Our Savior’s Here" tells the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection in a modern day.
Not only will this be reflected in the cast’s attire, but it’ll also be apparent in the show’s soundtrack, which includes contemporary music by Christian rapper Lecrae, singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin and pop group the Newsboys.
"Our Savior’s Here” is a free musical that opens at Calvary Wednesday evening, followed by additional show performances through Sunday.
"Our Savior’s Here,” co-directed by Dee Gleason and Terrence Savagel, premiered last spring at Calvary. The musical was so well-received that Calvary’s drama team turned it up a notch with more music and dancing, additional lights, as well as a new finale.
In the musical, the prophet Isaiah serves as the narrator, introducing audiences to the Stantons, a good family that can’t seem to find time for God. Like most families, the Stantons are flawed. For instance, Alan Stanton is a greedy accountant who cheats on his wife, and he’s not much of a father to his son either.
While the majority of Calvary’s previous Easter productions were set in a Biblical times, "Our Savior’s Here” Executive Producer Angela Coon said she and the artistic team wanted to flip the script and target a different crowd with this musical.
"This show is totally different from our past Easter productions, from the contemporary music to the contemporary characters with contemporary problems,” Coon said. "We just felt like we needed to do something different and it needed to be more modern day, something that might be more relatable to a younger crowd, something they’d enjoy.”
While Coon has never been a huge fan of rap music, she did get excited upon hearing Christian rapper Lecrae’s song "Rebel,” which she added to the musical. "Rebel” encourages young people to stand apart from the crowd through showing acts of kindness like Christ, who was considered a rebel when he walked the earth.
"The message is just totally radical,” said Coon, of Dover. "It speaks to what we’re saying."
All in all, the goal behind “Our Savior’s Here” is to show audiences that Christ loves everyone, especially those who’ve backslid.
"You can always come back to the Lord," Gleason said. "I don’t care if you’ve gone away and think you can never come back."
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Our Savior’s Here," presented by Calvary Assembly of God
WHEN 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10:30 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Saturday; 10:30 a.m., Sunday
WHERE Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Dover
INFO Visit calvarydover.org or call 697-7776