The program, which is a patriotic tribute to America, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday and again at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Both performances are free to the public.
“In a community like this, there’s a lot of patriotism, a lot of veterans in the area,” said Ken Nuss, the worship pastor at Jasper’s First Baptist Church, who brought the program to Jasper.
This year’s program is just the second one at the Jasper church, but Nuss has been part of more than 12 similar programs at other churches.
“I have a lot of patrioitism in my heart,” Nuss said. “Nobody in my family has been in the military, but I think this is a way we can encourage our military families and those in our community.”
This year’s musical, while similar in some ways to last year’s performance, will be different in many ways.
“It’s a brand new musical script, so it’s a completely different program than last year,” Nuss said. “We’re celebrating our freedoms as Americans, but there is the underlying message that we are celebrating our freedom as Christians, too.”
Last year’s perfomance drew more than 1,300 people over the two days, Nuss said.
“It was well-received,” he said. “We’re hoping to surpass that this year.”
In all, the performance will include more than 125 people, including the main performers, the orchestra and choir, technicians and others.
Most are members at Jasper’s First Baptist Church.
“In this particular show, there’s a lot about our history as Americans,” Nuss said. “Christ-opher Columbus is one of our main characters and Betsy Ross makes an appearance.”
Despite all the hard work in putting together such a program, Nuss said it’s worth it.
“One of the things about a production ministry is that it brings together a lot of people and gives them something to be part of,” Nuss said, adding that all flags will be brought in by church members who are veterans.
“This is a really good project for our church,”he added. “It’s something for everybody in the church to get involved in and feel good about.”