The long-awaited Christian spectacular, “The Scarlet Thread,” an original musical using local talent right here in South Florida has finally arrived. And now, after months of intense rehearsals and working at a frantic pace to produce a brand new, full-scale production, “The Scarlet Thread” is ready for its premiere curtain call on Thursday, April 6. There will be a total of four performances April 6 – 9 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center.
The term “scarlet thread” is the redemptive blood of God’s son, Jesus Christ, which runs throughout the Old and New Testaments. Each of us is separated from God because of our sins. Because God is holy, none are worthy to be in his presence or can earn eternal life. Only a perfect being could take our place, bearing all of our sins and shedding his own blood as the sacrifice for us all, paying the ultimate price. Out of his great love for us, God sacrificed the only One who could save us — His only Son, Jesus.
The musical “The Scarlet Thread” beautifully depicts this through its 2 ½ hour journey starting with creation and the fall of man and ends with Christ’s ministry here on earth and his ultimate victory on the cross. We’ll witness how this scarlet thread of redemption is woven in a tapestry of stories: God’s amazing grace bestowed on Moses at the Passover; rejoicing with King David at the return of God’s presence through the Ark of the Covenant; and the sacrificial love of Boaz for Ruth. This epic story will no doubt leave viewers awestruck — the Christian and the unbeliever.
The visionaries behind the musical
Bringing his professional background as a Los Angeles TV and screenwriter, Starr Horton penned this original script for “The Scarlet Thread.” This, an extraordinary feat considering Starr has a full time career and is in the midst of getting his masters. His wife, Oksana Horton , who is also accomplished in the arts as an actress and dancer in Los Angeles and in New York, is the Artistic Director of the show. She is the heartbeat of the musical as well as other Revelation Ministries productions. From directing the actors, to choreography, to stage and lighting design, Oksana has her hand in all parts of the production. Devoting months to choosing music for the show, Oksana found powerful music, some specifically written for “The Scarlet Thread,” that is sure to evoke a variety of emotions. Music Director, Gloria Thompson, brings it all to life through her brilliant vocal instruction.
Along with impactful music, the dance numbers are something to experience. A professional choreographer and former ballerina from New York, Carolyn Paddock wows with her high- caliber choreography. Audiences will be mesmerized by the state-of-the-art effects and spectacular costumes. And Project Manager, Travis Johnson, brings his expertise from working on the Fort Lauderdale pageant for 14 years to his years of dedication at Revelation Ministries as founder and president. Though there are too many valuable players to highlight them all, one thing they all have in common: they are all volunteers.
It is fitting that these creatives and the 58 performers are part of “The Scarlet Thread.” Their sacrifice of personal commitment, devotion of time and sometimes pure exhaustion all to bring the truth of God’s redemptive love to us, is an example of the scarlet thread. It is what the body of Christ is all about. Revelation Ministries’ mission through this production and others is to make disciples of all nations as we are instructed in Matthew 28:19. Through this musical, the cast prays that this message will be clear to all who attend — that God loves us all — regardless of nationality, background and religious denomination. God has a plan for each of us. Sending his son Jesus so that we can live abundantly in him and have eternal life is what “The Scarlet Thread” exemplifies.
Easter time often sparks an interest in who Jesus is and what his purpose here on earth accomplished. From Lent to the Holy Week, Easter is a great time for revival. There is no shortage of films or TV specials about the Bible and the passion of Christ. I look forward to these films, and each time I fall deeper in my walk with the Lord. Those who don’t know the Lord as their Savior often are saved through these mediums. Reading the Bible and even going to church can sometimes be too daunting to the unbeliever. But visually seeing a depiction of Jesus and his great sacrifice can sometimes be the greatest ministry tool out there. Revelation Ministries is well aware the impact the arts has on bringing the Gospel to the lost. They take this calling seriously and produce powerful messages through their productions.
So I encourage each of us to bring at least one person who does not know the love of God and the redemptive power of his son Jesus Christ to experience the musical “The Scarlet Thread.”
Showtimes are April 6 – 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe Street in Hollywood. Tickets are $10 for kids 5-12yrs old; $25 general admission; $20 for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets online or for more information about the ministry go to www.RevelationMinistries.com.
Chris Alexander is a freelance writer. She can be reached at Christine@MusicArtLove.com.