The St. Luke Players and Friends present “Go Out Singing,” a musical drama by Broadway writers Hank Beebe and Bill Heyer, who live in southern Maine and are active in local theater. Nancy Beebe directs the show, with choreography by Linda Ford.

The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.

Through song and dance, “Go Out Singing” tells the story of the biblical Peter and Paul and how they struggled to establish the church while facing the brutality of the Roman Empire.

The show is based primarily on the Acts of Apostles, which describes the effects of the early Christians, who spread the word as they experienced the turmoil of their own doubts and the persecution of the Romans. Although serious, the story is told with humor.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Maine premiere of the musical. It has since been performed in more than 60 churches in New England and in New York City.

It’s Beebe’s third musical in his trilogy about the beginnings of Christianity. “Foster Father” and “A Remarkable Mary” are the others, and have also been produced at St. Luke’s over the past year and a half.

 

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