The Cotton Patch Gospel

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Location: Kenneth H. Mauer Performing Arts Center at Metamora High School

Phone: 309-367-4892


Event Description

July 28, 2011 Updated Jul 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM CDT

Fighting Local Hunger with “The Cotton Patch Gospel”
Metamora, Il. – The Off-Broadway musical, “The Cotton Patch Gospel” is going way off-broadway to the Kenneth H. Mauer Performing Arts Center at Metamora High School. The purpose is to help raise money for local, national and international programs that help fight hunger. There will be two performances, one on Saturday, August 20 at 7 pm and the other on Sunday, August 21 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 with 100% of the ticket price and freewill offering going directly to fighting hunger. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at select Heartland, Commerce and Morton Community Bank branches, or by calling 309-367-4892.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel” is a unique, one-man musical, written by Tom Key and Russel Trez featuring the music of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. The story imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Georgia in the 20th century. Those old Bible stories take on a new twist as Mary Hagler and Joe Davidson raise the most miraculous human.

What makes “The Cotton Patch Gospel” truly unique is the performance of native Illinoisan, Phillip Kaufman. With permission from the family of Harry Chapin, and through the use of audio and video technology, Phillip plays over 20 characters, plays 11 musical instruments and sings his own background vocals. His performance, combined with an excellent script makes this a performance that you don’t want to miss.

The show is even more enjoyable knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to fight hunger locally, nationally and globally. 25% of the proceeds from the ticket sales goes to WHY Hunger (an organization founded by Harry Chapin and Bill Ayers) and Mennonite Central Committee ( 50% stays right here and supports the Open Arms Food Pantry in Metamora, IL and the local Weekend Snackpac Lunches program in Central Illinois.

Thus far, Phil has taken his one-man show on the road for hunger, raising over $15,000 in its first 12 show, 3-state tour.

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