A new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story of John Newton, the composer behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.
As a willful and musically talented young Englishman, John faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.
About Shirley Draper
She is the founder and director of the Citrus Alliance for the Arts. Shirley holds a degree in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts. She is a former regional director for AMTC and has experience as a professional actress and print model. She also has many years of experience directing theater for companies in Georgia and Florida. Her goal in founding CAFTA is to bring quality professional performing arts to the West side of Orlando—and to establish collaboration with artists and art entities throughout Central Florida.
A self-proclaimed Purpose Igniter, Shirley also teaches Creative Entrepreneurs how to make a living while using their talents and God-given gifts.