By Joseph Pratt
Living With a Cause and TG-Entertainment LIVE are presenting a free Easter play called “The Guitar.” The show was written by director Mike Gifford, who wishes to spread awareness for Living With a Cause and his faith in Christianity. “The Guitar” is based on true events about an actor in the show and Gifford has the actors all using their actual names for their characters.
The show follows the life of a man who loses it all before finding everything. Living in a small, two-bedroom apartment is Kendall and Debbie, with daughter Riley. Kendall can’t keep a job and is fired once again, due to his big dreams of being the next Elvis Presley. His band mates pressure him into pawning a family heirloom, which is a valuable guitar Debbie’s father gave to her, so that they can get money to make it big. He agrees and secretly does it without telling Debbie.
Time passes and Kendall is left broken mentally, physically and spiritually. Sleeping on a park bench, Kendall is left homeless and deserted by his band members. At this time, Kendall learns what it is to “live with a cause,” as two strangers minister to him at a time when all seemed lost. God sends a special message through a formal band member, Michael, who asks Kendall to forgive him and tells him that he has found his way back to God. He encourages Kendall to start reading the Bible and reveals a prophecy that he is about to receive a miracle.
With a trembling heart, Kendall takes a step back in time and relives the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus by reading the Bible. Once again, Kendall finds that God has yet another miracle in store for him.
“It’s not professionals, it is just our area, kids and people, who have kind of joined together in putting this on for the public,” Gifford said. “Hopefully, this will give someone a vision of what Living With a Cause is. We are an organization that will do anything.”
Living With a Cause is under the parent organization ATI Group and encompasses many benefits nationwide.
“If I can have it my way, Living With a Cause will simply be a group of people across America who use the term that they live with a cause to do good. It can be cystic fibrosis, it can be the Red Cross, it can be Down syndrome, it can be military,” Gifford said. “It don’t matter, it is just about taking our country back. I’m very passionate about it.”
“The Guitar” will run April 17, 18 and 19th at 7 p.m. at TG-Entertainment LIVE, 8805 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, Ohio. Admission is free, but a “love offering” may be made. More information on the show or separate programs running at the theatre can be found at tgentertainmentlive.com or by calling 740-574-6000.
“I feel like I can’t charge someone to come watch this show,” Gifford said. “No matter how much we spend on a show, I don’t think it is right to charge anybody anything to come and see something about our Lord.”
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.