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Theater for the Thirsty brings “The Rough and the Holy” to Rushford


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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By Mitchell Walbridge

The East Fillmore Chapter of Thrivent Financial in conjunction with none other than the original Twin Cities based theater group Theater for the Thirsty invite the public to a special, uplifting theatrical production titled “The Rough and the Holy.” The performance will be held Saturday, September 16 at the Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford, Minn.

“The Rough and the Holy” is one of several productions put on by Theater for the Thirsty, a theatrical group headed by professional theater enthusiasts and company founders Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble. The Gambles specialize “in entertaining, music-infused, funny, thought-provoking, redemptive, soul stirring and imaginative theater.” For more than 15 years, the two have been creating and performing their original works.

After graduating from Bethel University with degrees in theater and music, the couple has settled their family in Minneapolis. Though, family life doesn’t slow them from continuing to perform their 10 original works and counting.

The objective of Theater for the Thirsty is to keep redemptive theater alive, imaginative and entertaining through their carefully tailored stories that include witty comedy, dynamic music, impressionable characters and the most basic of props.

But why are these elements important? Theater for the Thirsty has explored this question and has formulated the response, “We believe that people are hungry and thirsty for more than what much of this life offers. So, we hope to give ‘em something that will refresh their spirits, challenge their assumptions, entertain their socks off and inject some hope into their lives.”

Theater for the Thirsty will be entertaining those in Fillmore County with the show “The Rough and the Holy,” a one man play about uncovering the life of Jesus, “the friend of sinners.” In this production Gospel characters, such as Peter, Simeon, Judas and Mary Magdalen to name a few, are brought to the stage in a creative and powerful way that is sure to leave an impact.

Each of these characters will explain who Jesus was to them, maybe helping you formulate the answer to this question worth pondering. The show is September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rushford Lutheran Church. Tickets are on sale now, $5 adults/$3 for kids under 12 and Thrivent members. Ice cream sundaes will be served following the performance.

Tickets are available at the door, however reservations for Theater for the Thirsty’s “The Rough and the Holy” are recommended by calling Becky Stocker at 507-875-2344.

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