'Let There Be Light' - The Musical - Reviews

St. Andrew’s Church, Halstead – Saturday 16th February, 7.00pm

Let there be light


We have good news to report and that is that the future is in safe hands. Having watched the young people from St Mary's Church in Great Baddow perform at St Andrews recently we can confirm that there is indeed hope.

They are touring their musical called "Let There Be Light" and we were very lucky to be able to see it in Halstead. With around 20 children and young adults in the cast and a band supported by some more senior musicians, they sang, acted and danced through the bible story and finished to huge applause from an enthusiastic audience.

The show, with multiple costume changes, an impressive and creative set of props, a full light and sound set up and a cast of gifted entertainers was a delight from start to finish.

Now performing under the name of “Wing and a Prayer youth theatre company”, the young people of St. Mary’s certainly spread the Word with joy and abundant energy. In a delightful setting of a dark and atmospheric St Andrews they covered everything from creation and temptation to Jesus and the resurrection. The Rev'd Katie de Bourcier said that she had goosebumps and tears watching it.

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There were some outstanding vocal performances, an enjoyable musical carpentry interlude, a stunning boat in a storm scene, hilarious Keystone cops chase, menacing serpents, Michael Flatley Irish dancing and the dance of Salomé. All on a Saturday in Halstead, for free (or for a bucket collection which I hope was well supported).

They are playing at other venues in Essex including St. Stephen’s, Colchester at 7.00pm on Saturday 9th March.

There were 50-60 people there from across the district including HBC and the other churches in town. These sorts of shared events deserve to be well supported as they take a phenomenal amount of work for the host church as well as huge commitment from St Mary's and their remarkable youth group and helpers. Read more at https://www.stmarysgreatbaddow.org.uk/light