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Local actors and musicians needed for ‘God’s Trombones’

The Promise Academy, in association with Shiloh Baptist Church and James Pettis Productions, will present the Off-Broadway play “God’s Trombones,” on Saturday, May 10, at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill. There will be two shows—at 1 and 4 p.m. Local actors and musicians are needed.

“God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” is a 1927 book of poems by James Weldon Johnson patterned after traditional African-American religious oratory. The book comprises seven poems that are presented as the following seven sermons:

  • “Listen, Lord-A Prayer,” an invocation.
  • “The Creation,” a retelling of the creation story of the Bible.
  • “The Prodigal Son” from the Biblical parable of the prodigal son.
  • “Go Down Death-A Funeral Sermon” in which Jesus is depicted as sending his servant, Death, to bring to heaven a weary woman who is old and ready to die, so that she can rest.
  • “Noah Built the Ark,” a retelling the Biblical stories of Adam and Eve, a story of how sin entered the world, and of Noah and the Great Flood sent to cleanse the earth.
  • “The Crucifixion,” telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.
  • “Let My People Go,” telling the Biblical story of Moses and his work freeing the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, which has often been the basis of comparisons to the African-American slavery experience in the United States.
  • “The Judgment Day,” the prophetic story of the Apocalypse.

Tickets are $15 and will go on sale March 23. For more information, call 804-677-8485.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.19.2014

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