With everything from guitars to an accordion and a fiddle, acoustic music provides lively accompaniment for one of the “greatest stories ever told.”
The musical production “The Rock and The Rabbi” will be performed Friday and Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University, bringing to life the friendship between Jesus and Peter.
Danny Hamilton, part of the writing and composing team that wrote the musical, said it is not your typical “bed robes and sandals production,” not that he has anything against those types of ventures.
Hamilton said that uniqueness is what sets “The Rock and The Rabbi” apart and why it has been popular with audiences over the years.
“It's not what people are expecting,” he said, in a recent telephone interview from his Florida home.
The relationship between Jesus and Peter unfolds through a mix of dramatic storytelling and eight original songs.
Hamilton said audiences seem to particularly like the song “Follow Me.”
He said another part that resonates with audiences is the scene in which Peter realizes that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus then shares with his disciple what role he will play in building the Christian church.
“Peter says ‘you are the Christ' and Jesus says ‘you are the Rock,'” Hamilton said.
“It's the part of the story where there is a recognition of who they are.”
Josh Watson, a communication specialist at OC, said Jody Jones, an OC finance professor, decided to invite the cast of the musical tour back because of the community's positive response to the show three years ago.
Watson said a portion of the proceeds will benefit OC's theater honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, and Giving Tree Theater.