luv esther is a dynamic and powerful musical based on the Biblical story of Esther. It tells the story of Esther, a young refugee who makes a huge difference in her nation and carries a challenge about each of us being ‘called for such a time as this’. This musical tells the story in a way that no church will have ever seen before. We have been given thousands of pounds to fund the pre-production of this show and have been able to once again bring in the best that the industry has to offer. This new updated musical has been co-written by Ray Goudie and Murray Watts. Ray Goudie worked on this musical extensively before his death in July 2016, producing new songs and downloaded all the changes to his co-writer and co-director, Murray Watts.
This musical is part of Ray’s legacy and we know that it will have a long lasting and incredible impact on any audience. The new show will now be directed by Murray Watts (co-founder of Riding Lights, writer of The Miracle Maker). The set design is by Sean Cavanagh (his credits include West End stage design for Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dreamboats and Petticoats & The Rat Pack). On board as our Musical Supervisor is Matt Smith (his credits include We Will Rock You, Footloose, Beautiful and School of Rock). Both Sean and Matt worked with us on Ray’s previous musical, The Prodigals. As you can see, we have a stunning team of people working on this show.
Esther was a refugee, a stranger in a strange land – her story unlocks some of the Bible’s essential messages for life today, from justice to intimacy, mercy to worship. Bold, brave and beautiful, Esther is challenged that perhaps she was called for such a time as this. She goes in to see the King, risking her life in the process. Face to face with the king, she takes her life in her hands and pleads for the lives of her people. This is a story of hope, courage and intimacy, making it a real challenge to the church to stand up and be counted for ‘such a time as this’. It is also an ideal story for today’s society. As such, at the end of the show, we will be highlighting the plight of the refugee crises in our world today. We will be partnering with one or more agencies that are working with the refugees and we will give people an opportunity to give a free-will offering when the show concludes. luv esther is also an ideal pre-evangelism tool for your church to bring friends along who would not normally attend a church service and although it is not primarily evangelistic, some people have become Christians through seeing the show.