The Virginia Christmas Spectacular at Thomas Road Baptist Church
By Karen Battiste
Every Christmas Thomas Road Baptist Church presents the message of the birth of Jesus Christ to the local Lynchburg community by way of their Christmas musical, The Virginia Christmas Spectacular.
Part of what makes this Christmas musical so special is that everyone involved is passionate about the sharing the gospel in this way. Their passion for ministry is shown through their volunteer work in the show.
Ryan Rusk, a second year Liberty University grad student, was a performer in The Virginia Christmas Spectacular for several years.
“No one is compensated for being in The Virginia Christmas Spectacular,” Rusk said. “Everyone that is a part of the show is a volunteer.”
The show’s cast and crew is made up of locals as well as students form Liberty University. The casting Directors do not discriminate. The Church opens The Virginia Christmas Spectacular’s auditions and performances to those in and outside the church.
“I would say that it’s a collection of believers and non-believers,” Rusk said.” Because when you go in for the audition / interview there’s no question on there that asks you about your faith.”
The volunteer cast and crew is was one of the largest to put on such a chow in Virginia.
“[A] Cast & crew of nearly 500…” The Show’s creators said on The Virginia Christmas Spectacular website.
This year’s The Virginia Christmas Spectacular, entitled Jingle in the City, included a live choir and orchestra performing numerous traditional Christmas songs along with several that were written specifically for this year’s show.
The show’s traditional musical numbers included:
Let It Snow
Here Comes Santa Claus
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
The First Noel
Angels We Have Heard On High
O Holy Night
Songs that were written for The Virginia Christmas Spectacular included:
Jingle In The City
O To Be Loved
Catch Me If You Can
I think it was a live band, from what I saw,” Lindsey Rogan, a junior at Liberty University, said. “I think it was more impressive that they did it that way, so I’d say it’s the better choice.
Overall, the show was a great success with hundreds of people attending each performance.
The above story was written by a student journalist at Liberty University for a class project.