SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The new sacred musical Power in His Touch will make its world premiere March 22-26, 2005. Performances will be at the Jeanné Wagner Theatre in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City.

Written by local composer Colette Call, this non-denominational musical brings the hope and love of the life of Jesus Christ to the stage in an inspirational story spanning two millennia. At this Easter time, Power in His Touch tells the story of two women – Kendra (a modern unwed mother), and Sarah (a woman living in Christ’s time), who both feel inadequate and unworthy.

Call described the impact of the message in her sacred musical this way.  “Discouraged and filled with remorse because of past mistakes, many feel that they are simply not worthy of the atonement of our Savior,” she said.  “Learning to accept and believe in His love, overcome past mistakes, forgive ourselves and move forward with hope and faith is, I feel, a theme that is universal. The parallel between Kendra and Sarah shows that though Christ lived on the earth 2000 years ago, the story being told is still the same. Christ’s love is still powerful enough to encompass each one of us.”

Funding for this production was donated by individuals close to the project, with all ticket proceeds being donated to charity. Charities to benefit include:

  • The Salt Lake Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Perpetual Education Fund
  • The Compassionate Friends Network
  • The United Way of Salt Lake City
  • The Granite Education Foundation

Headlining the cast is David Osmond, who is joined by almost 40 other local artists. Of this experience Dan Beck, who plays the role of Jesus Christ said, “I went through this big deliberation period in which I had to find out more about the show … make sure my schedule could fit … and just decide if I could really do it. The more I found out about the show – especially the music – the more I wanted to do it.  I feel this story has the power to change people’s lives.”     

Power in His Touch has taken several years to develop. A soundtrack with several songs from the musical was released in 2002. The first staged version was in Laie, Hawaii, at BYU-Hawaii’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony in 2003. A staged reading of the full production was performed at the Salt Lake City Library in July 2004.         

Tickets are available for $15 at selected ArtTix locations, online at www.arttix.org or by calling 801-355-ARTS. No children under the age of eight are allowed in the theater.