Anderson University will host Paul: A Musical Journey to kick-off the North American Convention of the Church of God at Reardon Auditorium on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. The musical, written by Anderson University alum Dr. Charles Myricks, Jr. is the life changing story of the Apostle Paul. The show has garnered rave reviews and received standing ovations at every performance since it opened in Akron, Ohio, in January 2005. It has been called “infectious” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and “jam packed with soul satisfying music” by the Akron Beacon Journal.
While the story has its roots in the history of Christianity, the musical’s message is universal. Through a host of new and moving songs, Myricks spins a tale of love, hope, and passion. Personal failure is met with the opportunity for redemption.
David Briggs, religion writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer says “The musical uses a powerful blend of gospel music, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock to tell the story in song of the life of Paul. It covers his early days as a merciless foe of the early Christian church through his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus and ultimately to his own martyrdom in service of his new faith.”
The show has enjoyed highly successful performance runs in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as at venues in Michigan and Pennsylvania. In January 2006, Paul showcased to an enthusiastic response at the national convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City.
During the North American Convention, Anderson University will also host the following events:
- 37th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament Fri., June 24, 8 a.m. tee-off Yule Golf Course, Alexandria, Ind.
- Heritage Reception/Reunion For alumni and friends from the 1940s to 1970s, with special recognition of the 50th year for the class of 1961. Sat., June 25, following evening service Lower level of Decker Hall
- Heritage Luncheon Sun., June 26, 1 p.m. (reservations required) Olt Student Center, Schield Dining Room
- School of Theology Alumni and Friends Luncheon and Annual Awards Mon., June 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Olt Student Center (reservations required) See full schedule of School of Theology activities [PDF].
- Warner Sallman Paintings June 24 - 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun. hours, 1 - 4 p.m. Krannert Fine Arts Center, Wilson Galleries
- Guided Campus Tours Mon. - Wed., 2 p.m. Admissions/Welcome Center
- Mocha Joe's & Corner Pocket Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun., 2 - 7 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Olt Student Center, lower level
- Kardatzke Wellness Center, Tom and Sch’ree Ward Fieldhouse, Glenn and Berny Falls Fitness Center Open recreation hours to be posted
- Bennett Natatorium Swimming Pool Hours Mon. - Fri., 1 - 6 p.m. Lap Swim, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat., 12 - 6 p.m. Sun., 2 - 5 p.m.
- Gustav Jeeninga Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies Mon. - Wed., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Self-guided tours School of Theology, lower level
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.