First Baptist Presents Christmas Musical
"I'll Be Home for Christmas,"
Saturday and Sunday
by: Bobby McDonald
In three shows staged on Saturday and Sunday, the First Baptist Church presented the Christmas musical, "I'll Be Home For Christmas, about "family and hope in the Golden Days of Radio." The setting was Thanksgiving through December 8th, 1941, and featured the West family, from their home in New York City, as they captured the times and world, at the time that Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 2012.
Prior to the drama portion of the program, a Jazz Band, made up of members of the church, offered the following selections:
God rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Angels We have Heard on High, What Child Is This, and Joy to the World. Swing band members included: Kelley Fletcher, Matt Renfro, Jack Evans, Daniel Kelley, Enrique Molina, Gary Kesting, Brandi Tagg, Daron Bilyeau, Randy MOrrison, Jeff Smith, Chandler Folmar, Marshall Head, Richard Shanks, Drew Blezinger, Russ Narramore, and Barbara Taylor on the keyboard.
As stated by Pastor Mark Bryant, the world today is equally troubled as it was back in 1941, so the message of hope and family is just as important as it was some 70 years ago.
Cast members for the drama were: Karen Northcutt, Eddie Northcutt, Jamie Young, Trenton Norris, Ross Hicks, Johnny Ross, Melissa Bilyeau, Bruce Welch, Dave Kirkpatrick, Tame Pearson, Daron Bilyeau, and Mark Bryant. Radio Singers included: Inita Palumbo, Missy McClure, Darren Gray, Vicki Longino, Marsha Motes, Susan Cook, Johanna Hicks, Kellie Cody, Robin Boshears, Cindy Welch, Annette Ham, Donna Terwilliger, and Neal Terwilliger.
The First Baptist Choir members appearing, included: the above, as well as Carol Palmer, Thomas Kight, Paul Burt, Pat Flora, Suzie Jones, Janiene Fain, Rosie Chamberlain, Sherry Therwhanger, Deanna Blair, Patricia Hogan, Carolyn Flora, Kenya Singleton, Shirley Kight, Chris McClure, Paula Burt, Cheryl Hines, Doris Dobson, Michael Hudson, Mary Dicken, Lum Lumsden, Jo Ledbetter, and Corey Terwilliger.
The musical was director by Minister of Music, Neal Terwilliger. Sound was provided by Tommy Hurley and Brandon Fain provided the lighting. Scott Singleton & Johnny McGraw were the A/V specialists. Construction was by David Woody.
Desserts of cheesecake were provided to patrons, during each performance, with all the many toppings. LaWanna Powell and members of RISE Choir provided them.
Enjoy these photos from the performance:
Who's that Masked-Man?
"There's Bobby McDonald, from Front Porch News Texas!!!!"