YORK---In what has become an annual Lenten tradition for many local Catholics, “To God Be the Glory,” the musical depiction of the life of Christ held at St. Christopher Church in York, is preparing for its 26th edition in 2019.
The production, featuring over 100 musicians, singers, and actors, has become an institution in the area since its first performances in 1994. The 2019 performances are scheduled for April 4-6 at 6:30 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. The show runs around 90 minutes.
In 2019, most of the cast is expected to return, but organizers seek a music director and a pianist to join the team.
“This could be one person or two people,” said Kathy Leroux, daughter-in-law of the show’s founder, Rita Leroux. “Cast and choir ensembles consist of mainly non-professional, talented individuals assisted by professional sound and lighting.”
“Choir rehearsals are scheduled to begin in late February or early March,” said Theresa Palumbo, one of the show’s organizers. “And there are six full cast rehearsals scheduled to begin on March 24.”
Each year, new talent joins returning cast members to keep the production at the high level for which it is known.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Rita, who wrote the show in 1993 and continues as its producer. “Just doing it for love, I think that’s what makes the play special to begin with, putting in all the work and really making something beautiful for God.”
Though “To God be the Glory” was written by Rita, the script is pulled heavily from Scripture, chronicling the life of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Resurrection. It begins with children singing and signing “We Believe,” and continues with the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, Jesus’ birth, the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, John the Baptist at the Jordan River, the calling of the apostles, Jesus’ ministry, the Last Supper, His crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
“Not too many people had faith that the show was going to be okay,” said Rita. “Me, I never questioned it. I guess it was the grace of God. You have to give the glory where it belongs. God is amazing.”
If you are interested in the music director and/or pianist positions, contact Kathy Leroux at (207) 451-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.