I took my 15 yr old son to Boston to a magic convention. Intrigued by the stage illusions, I wondered about using some illusions to portray Jesus’ miracles on stage.
After struggling to find a new Easter production, Lisa and I started thinking about the possibility of writing our own show.
We went to watch our local high school musical production of Aida. There was a lyrical ballet during the love song. We immediately saw a beautiful dance between Adam and Eve.
At a friends wedding, our daughter sang When God Made You. Our first thought was again to Adam and Eve. What a wonderful song for them to dance to.
Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Over the next several months ideas would come and go. Songs would come to the forefront, some secular as well as Christian.
We took our drama team from Boulevard Christian Church to Willow Creek in Chicago for a creative arts conference. There Lisa went to a class on videography. They talked about using well known secular songs in their videos. They said when people would hear these songs out in the world it would remind them of the video they saw in church. On the way home from the conference we committed to doing a new show Easter of 2010. We scheduled meetings with other creative people to get ideas and songs.
One important meeting was with our family minister. I sat down with him and asked, “What are some good songs that tell the story of Jesus?” He mentioned My Deliverer by Rich Mullins. I knew the song and immediately knew that was it. That’s the name of the show.
That Christmas we again heard our daughter sing a special. This time it was A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill. We knew that had to be in the show.
Songs and ideas started falling into place. We announced what we were doing and started auditions.
I met with the eldership of the church and presented them with the idea of the show. You should have seen their faces when I asked if we could play Guns and Roses and Van Halen at Easter.
We started full rehearsals. Costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, set building, dance rehearsals and so on. All on a shoestring budget.
4 performances at Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee, OK. We had over 2500 attend over the weekend in an auditorium that seats 800. Reviews were amazing.
Easter 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
We went on to perform My Deliverer 4 of the next 5 Easters. Even performing on Easter Sunday morning in 2012.
We journeyed to New York City to meet with Producer Ken Davenport to learn more about performing My Deliverer on a professional level.
We started the non profit organization Reclaim the Arts to be the production company for My Deliverer.
Returned to New York City to meet with Producer Ken Davenport about the next steps.
Our goal is to open the show in Tulsa at a major venue.