Sharing ‘the promise’: Musical production to include 200-voice choir and 80-piece orchestra
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‘The Promise’ will be performed at Woodstock First Baptist Church on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 2 and 6 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online. <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
‘The Promise’ will be performed at Woodstock First Baptist Church on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 2 and 6 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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WOODSTOCK – Woodstock First Baptist Church is bringing an original holiday musical production to the stage that promises to offer those in attendance an incredible experience like no other, creators say.

“The Promise” will be presented Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 2 and 6 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online.

“This will be unlike any Christmas production that most have been to in the north Georgia area. It is very high on the artistic scale,” said Karen Kleinschmidt, creative director of “The Promise”

Kleinschmidt was the lead writer for the team of writers who wrote the play, which depicts the Christmas experience illustrating the Old Testament and the birth of Jesus.

“We have a creative team from within the church who are all volunteers and who got together at the beginning on this year who go together and figured out storyboarding and story developing. The story and script is all original,” she said. “God made a promise that in his beautiful creation that was made, despite their sins, God made the promise that he would redeem them.”

The cast and crew of more than 500 people including a 200-voice choir and 80-piece orchestra will be aided by “various art disciplines in order to share the promise,” Kleinschmidt said.

“They are all volunteers who are all members of the church, some of which are professional actors or performers and some are non-professional actors,” she said.

Auditions began last summer, and volunteers within the community and the dance school auditioned for the event. Elaine Stevens serves as the choreographer for “The Promise.”

“What I’m really excited about is the creative and artistic scale of the performance and trying to incorporate different art mediums. And trying to tell a very familiar story, in a very different fashion but one that captures the beauty of that moment,” Kleinschmidt said.

“During the production, the audience will witness the wonders of creation, will be reminded of God’s promise and will be taken back to the birth of our savior, Jesus,” she said.

Kleinschmidt said the performance is for adults and is suitable for children older than 5. A nursery will be provided for infants to pre-kindergarten age children.

Doors open one hour before showtimes. For more information, visit fbcw.org.

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