MORTON — "Ruth: The Musical" is hitting the road.
After the premiere of composer Dave Getz's original musical played to a packed house of an estimated 1,200 in June at Grace Church in Morton, "Ruth: The Musical" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington.
"The premiere was in my hometown, it was free, and I'm sure many of the people in the crowd had connections to me, the church or the performers," Getz said. "I need to gauge how much interest there is in the musical without those factors, including asking people to buy tickets."
There was enough interest in the musical after the premiere for Getz to check on the availability of Five Points and the performers.
"I planned to do the premiere, then take a step back and rewrite or edit portions of the musical," he said. "But the demand for another show was so great that I contacted Five Points and I'm grateful they had an open weekend. The reaction to the premiere was incredible. People told me they were blown away by the professionalism of the lead singers."
Getz was blown away by the turnout for the premiere.
"I would have been very happy if we just had enough people to give away all 750 programs," the Morton resident said.
Donations for Peoria Rescue Ministries were accepted at the premiere. Getz said more than $14,000 was raised.
Half the price of each ticket sold for the Five Points shows of "Ruth: The Musical" will be donated to the Midwest Food Bank East Africa Division.
Tickets are $20, available at Midwest Food Bank locations in Peoria, Morton and Bloomington and online at www.theruthmusical.com.
The musical is a concert-style show that tells the biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz through 27 songs, written by Getz during a seven-year period that ended this spring. The songs range from operatic arias to Broadway show tunes.
Courtney Huffman (Ruth), Alison Meuth (Naomi) and Steve Williams (Boaz) are the lead singers. Getz is the accompanist for the musical on the piano and Phil Witzig, director of the Morton Community Chorus, conducts an eight-voice choir.
Getz will give a presentation about the musical and show a documentary about it from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing St. Tickets for the Five Points shows will be available at Getz's presentation.
Getz is the orchestra director at Morton High School, assistant orchestra director at Morton Junior High School and assistant boys and girls cross country coach at Morton High School.
Steve Stein can be reached at 686-3114 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.