• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Church to host “Dream Maker” in Mechanicsburg

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 11, 2022

MECHANICSBURG — Sonshine Productions will bring the original musical drama “Dream Maker” to Mechanicsburg as part of their upcoming summer tour. This performance will take place Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church.

Sonshine Productions is a youth musical theater ministry rehearsing at Bethel International United Methodist Church in Columbus. They produce original Broadway-style musicals based on Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Full costumes, props, lighting and sound, and an exciting contemporary musical score, help bring these texts to life.

For more than four decades, young and adult actors have performed Sonshine musicals throughout Ohio and neighboring states. The organization has earned a reputation for excellence and strives for professionalism and spiritual integrity. Sonshine is led by founder and producer Mark Fox, who is Director of Music at Bethel International UMC, and recently retired as Director of Bands at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus.

This year they are staging “Dream Maker”, which is derived from the Old Testament story of Joseph, known for his dreams and his multi-colored coat. The dreams he has of God make him an outcast. After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph ascends to the governorship of Egypt and ultimately holds the fate of his brothers in his hands.

“Dream Maker” was written in 1990 by Reverend Timothy Forbess and Kevin Pike. The music was composed by Mark Fox, who added the following: “This show is very special for the 20 cast members of Sonshine 2022. This show has been taken to heart and we hope that the communities in which we will produce will find the enthusiastic performance to be inspiring.

“We are thrilled to have Sonshine back in Mechanicsburg,” said Matthew Smith, music director at Mechanicsburg UMC. “We hope that many faith groups and community members in the area will come to see this show, which showcases the hard work of these young people, as well as their resilience after so many cancellations over the past two years.”

Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church is located at 42 N. Main St., Mechanicsburg. Parking is available on the street and in the Race Street car park. The church is accessible to people with disabilities through the entrance closest to the car park.

The performance is free and open to the public, although a voluntary offering is collected to help offset expenses incurred by Sonshine Productions.

For more information about Mechanicsburg UMC or the performance, please contact the church by phone or Facebook: 937-834-2410 or facebook.com/mechanicsburgumc. More information about Sonshine Productions can be found at sonshineproductions.org.

Pictured is a scene from Sonshine Productions’ “Dream Maker” tour.

Info from Matthew Smith.