Le Chat's 'Lost Gospel' an inspired musical

Melissa Canas (from left), Andrea Collins and Ernie Williamson rehearse for Le Chat Noir's production Misconception: The Lost Gospel of Christmas.



Mark Swanson must have been inspired when composing the score of Le Chat Noir’s next production Misconception: The Lost Gospel of Christmas.

“It was the easiest thing I’d ever done and the most fulfilling,” said Swanson.

The composer often felt nudged out of his sleep in the middle of the night to go to the piano and write songs for the rock opera, which takes a modern day spin on the biblical Christmas story.

Mary’s story of an angel telling her she would become pregnant by the Spirit of God was even hard for her fiancé to believe. Imagine her response in the 21st century.

Doug Joiner and Krys Bailey added more ideas. The action takes place within the setting of a church Christmas play.

The songs are catchy, and cast members have even asked whether they could be made into phone ringtones.

“Every musical has a couple of songs people don’t like,” said Joiner, who is directing the show. “I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but there is not a song I don’t adore.”

Swanson, who is the son of a Baptist minister, knows the biblical Christmas story backward and forward, but his tale is the result of his “sideways” look at the account. While he considers the play irreverent at times, sacrilegious it is not, he said.

“In some ways, I’ve had more spiritual moments working on this than walking through the doors of any church,” he said.

Misconception begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 15-17 at Le Chat Noir. Tickets cost $25. For more, call (706) 722-3322 or see www.lcnaugusta.com.