If you are a reader of this blog, you know from previous posts that, for the past 5 years, I’ve been rewriting a little musical of mine called “For Unto Y’all.” Originally released 20 years ago, “For Unto Y’all” is a re-telling of the Christmas story, set in the Wild West, written for youth choirs. It was a modest success at the time. And yet, unlike a lot of youth musicals, this one didn’t fade away after 2 or 3 years. It kept plugging along. Church drama ministries would pull it off the shelf every few years and perform it as dinner theater. Some community theaters even discovered it. Every year in late summer, I would be contacted by churches looking for the musical or needing a particular resource for it.
I re-wrote the show in order to make it a more complete musical theater experience. The little show grew from a 50-minute work to a 90-minute work. Lead characters were given more to sing. New characters were added. The script was rewritten and improved. The only thing missing was a performance track.
Well, thanks to the amazing generosity of Howard and Sharon Raymond of South Australia, the performance track is finally done. recorded and mixed. Their group, the Soul Factor Gospel Choir, will be performing the new “For Unto Y’all” in Adelaide, Australia this Christmas.
It has been a long journey for this little musical. My hope is that it can be made widely available for others to perform. Those details are still being worked out. But if nothing else, the little musical I wrote in 1993, has at last become the show I wanted it to be from the start.
Thanks, Howard and Sharon. God bless you both and your ministry Down Under.