ST. GEORGE — Director John Sato, the Sing2Live choir and The Stage Door are bringing Michael McClean’s and Bryce Neubert’s “The Garden” to the Electric Theater stage in St. George Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again Monday at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee performance Saturday at 4 p.m.
“The Garden” is an oratorio of the Garden of Gethsemane told via allegories using four “characters” who live in the garden: The Seedling, The Ram, The Barren Tree and The Millstone.
The website for this production of “The Garden” said:
The basic premise of “The Garden” is: What could we learn about life, about ourselves, about the nature of repentance, faith, hope and love if the Garden of Gethsemane were to tell the story? How would it change us if we were near the Savior in the Garden? This unique musical allegory is like nothing heard before from these talented musical artists. Here, they truly reveal themselves as artists — blending the right melodies, symbols, lyrics and orchestral elements on their palette and spreading them across an outstanding musical canvas.
“It’s symbolic of the atonement,” said Mike Wiest, a marketing representative for the production. “It is a very powerful piece, and during Easter, it makes it just that much more.”
Though “The Garden” symbolically tells the story of the atonement of Jesus Christ, Wiest said it remains nondenominational.
“It is an allegory. It is a story of four fictional characters,” Wiest said, adding that the message, along with the power of the music, make it a good show for anyone wanting to feel the special spirit of Easter as well as to see the best of the best actors and singers in Southern Utah.
The cast of this production of “The Garden” includes Brodie Perry, Jadon Webster and Joel Thomas, all of whom bring a wealth of experience and talent to the show.
“This year, the cast is just unreal,” Wiest said. “I get goosebumps hearing these guys sing.”
Wiest, who plays The Ram in the production, called himself the weak link and sang the praises of his fellow cast members whom he claimed were not only amazing singers but brilliant on-stage actors as well.
“You truly feel like you are in the garden,” Wiest said. “They play the part so beautifully.”
Tickets for “The Garden” are $5 for the Saturday matinee and $10 for the Saturday and Monday evening showings. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
- What: “The Garden”
- When: Saturday, March 26, 4 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. | Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle, St. George
- Cost: Saturday matinee, $5; Saturday and Monday evening, $10
- Purchase tickets: Online or at the door
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