FULTON, NY – The struggle of light over the shadows as told through the passion of Easter will come alive again on stage in music as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents the return of the rock and roll cantata “Tenebrae,”performed as a benefit for First United Methodist Church of Fulton’s Food Pantry.
The musical work, composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, and featuring the talents of the Christian rock band The Sent Forth, will play for one performance on Good Friday, April 3, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 1408 NY Route 176.
Curtain time for the performance is 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free with a donation of non-perishable food items for the church’s food pantry.
This is the third year that FCT has collaborated with The Sent Forth in bringing this musical work to the Fulton area.
Like the current production, the previous presentations were also performed as benefit events.
“We are happy to be once again dedicating part of our season towards helping those in need in our community,” FCT artistic director William Edward White said.
“Tenebrae,”which made its world debut as part of FCT’s 2013 season, features 14 original songs linked by dramatic narration and multimedia images, using the religious metaphors of the light and the shadowed forces that sought to extinguish it.
Tenebrae, which is Latin for “darkness,” is a long tradition in Western Christian churches and describes a service where candles are slowly extinguished.
For Bolio, a bass guitarist who formed The Sent Forth band in 2007 with drummer Robbie Brown and lead guitarist Al Weaver, “Tenebrae” is a very personal journey.
His inspiration comes not only from the original Gospels, but from attending many Tenebrae services around Central New York.
“Although every one of them told the story of The Passion beautifully, I felt there was a calling for a more contemporary approach,” Bolio said.
Bolio describes the piece as an evolving work. This year’s production includes three new songs.
The work features Bolio on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Weaver on lead guitar and vocals, Brown on drums and vocals, and Bob Brown on bass guitar. Joining the men of The Sent Forth on stage for “Tenebrae” will be the vocal talents of Amy C. Price, Marguerite Beebe and Brian Pringle in the role of the narrator.
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