Follow the Light - Press Release
This festive season, experience the story of Christmas in a fresh, exciting new way as young Perth performers take centre stage in a theatrical production that reinvents “the most famous story in the world”.
Follow the Light is a contemporary musical written by Murdoch University scholar Nick Choo (script, music and lyrics), produced and performed by a talented company of local singer-actors, dancers and musicians.
Through 21 original songs that that range from punk, pop and rock to funk and emotive ballad, Follow the Light retells the Nativity story in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek but ultimately reverent way.
A smooth-talking angel tells a pious young woman that she is going to have a baby; a frazzled carpenter contemplates marrying someone who is to bear a child that isn’t his; a disgruntled trio of shepherds awaits for something exciting to rid them of the drudgery of counting sheep; and three self-involved Wise Men ponder the concepts of fame, fortune and glory – as they all embark on a journey towards a destination far beyond their wildest imaginings.
Librettist, songwriter and co-director Nick Choo, 25, sees Follow the Light as an opportunity to remind people of the origins of the season in a manner that amuses and entertains, and believes that young audiences regardless of race or belief will be captivated by this interpretation of the tale.
He says: “It is a show that explores relationships – between friends; between lovers; between man and greater forces; among family members – and the universal, essential themes of love, peace and forgiveness that bind us all together in a time when hate, unforgiveness and turmoil are prevalent…all backed up by rocking electric guitars, pounding drums, soaring strings and terrific vocals.”
The cast of mostly twentysomethings includes David Bowyer as the angel Gabe, Anne-Marie Manuel as Mary, and James Harley as Joe, as well as Janelle Mirabile, Rachel O’Rourke and Cameron Ryan. Follow the Light is directed by Catherine Martinez and produced by Brian Liau & Judith White.
Performances will be staged in Nexus Theatre at Murdoch University’s South Street Campus at 8pm on Nov 23-26 (Wednesday to Saturday), with a matinee at 12:30pm on Saturday. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for aged 15 and under, and $45 for a family of two adults and two children. For bookings, please call 0434 963 934.