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 27th edition in 2020.
The production, featuring over 100 musicians, singers, and actors, has become an institution in the area since its first performances in 1994. The 2020 performances are scheduled for March 26-28 at 6:30 p.m. and March 29 at 3 p.m.
Organizers seek to fill several roles for the upcoming production, including male and female roles for all ages, singers and musicians (guitar and piano), and crew members (wardrobe assistant, makeup assistant, or hospitality team member).
Open auditions will be held on Sunday, February 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Christopher Church on 4 Barrell Lane in York. If you can’t make the audition but want to participate, contact Kathy Leroux at (207) 451-3433 or email@example.com.
“The experience is wonderful,” said Rita Leroux, 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.