Cowley Concert Choir performs musical written
and arranged by Steve Butler
The culmination of between 500-600 hours spent writing and arranging the musical, “Children of the Light”, was put on display Dec. 17 as the musical, which was written and arranged by Steve Butler, Cowley director of piano and music theory, took place at the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.
Butler wrote and arranged the musical as part of his master’s thesis project for the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Fla. The Cowley Concert Choir performed the musical, which included a live orchestra, monologue and select solos.
“Children of the Light” is not a typical Christmas musical as it is about the birth of Christ and why he came here. The musical puts more of a historical perspective on . Scott MacLaughlin, Cowley College director of theatre and theatrical services, ran the sound for the musical. Connie Donatelli, Cowley vocal music instructor, directed the choir.
“This was a joint effort from a lot of people,” said Butler, who serves as the music director at First Baptist Church. “It was a joy to do and was exciting to see it all come together.”