The Forgotten Carols Musical Enables Community to Support Shelter for Children
It’s a musical about a despondent nurse, an old man who claims to be almost 2,000 years old and an assemblage of Christmas characters who don’t typically get much face time in the retelling of the nativity story. The Forgotten Carols, the creation of Christian writer Michael McLean, is traveling the Southeast this Christmas, performed by a troupe of Hollywood and Broadway actors led by Emmy Award-winner Michael Young.
On November 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Forgotten Carols will come to Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium. All proceeds from the performance will benefit Calvary Home for Children, a local Christian nonprofit organization that shelters abandoned, abused or neglected children. Tickets for the show are on sale at $15 for adults and $10 for students and groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, call the AU box office at 864-231-2080.
The Forgotten Carols musical is a way for many in the Anderson community to support the children of Calvary Home this Christmas. Anderson University is contributing 60 members of the Anderson University Concert Choir to accompany The Forgotten Carols cast. The AU singers will be joined by 30 to 40 singers from churches in the Anderson area.
“It’s a real way that the people who are singing can make a tangible contribution,” says Dr. Richard Williamson, Director of Choral Activities at Anderson University.
In addition, NewSpring Church, a large local congregation, is partnering with several local businesses and individuals to finance the event. Among the donors are the Anderson Independent-Mail, Sullivan-King Mortuary, Chick-fil-A of Anderson, Campbell Harden Xpress Lube, Aramark Food Service, and Richard Smith. These donations guarantee that all ticket sales will go to the children’s home.
“Every ticket that’s sold, it exponentially increases our ability to take care of more children,” says Greg Skipper, the executive director of the Calvary Home for Children.
Skipper says that the money raised by The Forgotten Carols in Anderson will go directly to caring for children: paying for their housing, food, clothes, education and other needs. Each year, it costs about $10,000 per child to keep the home going. So far this year, Calvary Home has sheltered 30 children.
Dr. Bob Cline, Vice President for Christian Life at Anderson University, says he hopes audience members will also appreciate their own importance to the cause. By purchasing tickets, Dr. Cline says, attendees will be assisting children and families this Christmas.
“Knowing that there are going to be some little children and hurting families that are going to benefit from this is what really touches my heart personally and makes me very glad to be a part of this,” Dr. Cline says.
In addition, the audience will enjoy excellent entertainment. Dr. Cline says that the story of The Forgotten Carols is a fresh retelling of the Christmas story in a modern setting.
“Every now and then what seems to be an original story comes along that tells that same Christmas story that we’re familiar with but in a creative, new way,” Dr. Cline says.
Michael Young says that the story is easy for many people to relate to during the Christmas season.
“I really think people are looking for something that’s uplifting and fun and good entertainment that’s actually about the real meaning of Christmas,” he says.
Young says that during last year’s Southeast tour, a couple of communities decided to use the musical as a fundraising opportunity for a charitable organization. It was so successful that this year, Young and his troupe have encouraged every city they perform in to do the same.
“Not only are you going to see something that feeds the soul, but in many cases it’s feeding people,” Young says.
Dr. Cline says Anderson University is hoping to fill all 1,000 seats of Henderson Auditorium for the performance, kicking off the Christmas festivities at the school and helping the neighbors at Calvary Home for Children.
“We saw it as a great way to start the Christmas season,” he said.