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December 14, 2006

Cowley Concert Choir to perform musical written and arranged by Steve Butler


The culmination of between 500-600 hours spent writing and arranging the musical, “Children of the Light”, will be put on display Sunday as the musical, which was written and arranged by Steve Butler, Cowley College director of piano and music theory, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.

Butler (pictured) 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 will perform the musical, which will include 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 it and lasts close to one hour.

Scott MacLaughlin, Cowley College director of theatre and theatrical services, runs the sound for the musical. Connie Donatelli, Cowley vocal music instructor, will be directing 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 has been a joy to do and has been exciting to see it all come together.”