Originally created 09/13/03

Popular songs with gospel lyrics will be performed at benefit



After working two years to stage a Christian rock revue, getting a king-size Elvis costume for a 6-foot-8-inch performer was relatively easy for Harold Reeves.

Mr. Reeves has penned Christian lyrics to approximately 20 songs by Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and other stars for The Rock of Ages Christian Revue, to be staged at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken.

The show is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit Savannah River Cancer Foundation, which helps patients with such needs as medicine and transportation. Proceeds will "stay in our area and help people in our community," said Mr. Reeves, a radiation therapist at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Performers will sing karaoke-style, said Mr. Reeves, who will sing a reborn version of Sinatra's That's Life.

He originally dreamed of staging the songs as an evangelization outreach with the help of his West Acres Baptist Church congregation in Evans, but pulling a cast together proved too difficult at such a busy church.

After two years, he realized his production also could benefit cancer patients. The show's proceeds would help them far beyond the 10 or 15 minutes he sees them in a treatment room, he said.

Because of a tight budget, Rock of Ages performers are improvising costumes. The three 10th-graders who will appear as The Supremes are still working on their outfits, Mr. Reeves said. "They are going to surprise me."

For more information, call (803) 641-7850 or see the Web site www.rockofagesrevue.com.

ON STAGE

WHAT: The Rock of Ages Christian Revue

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20

WHERE: Millbrook Baptist Church, 176 Pine Log Road, Aiken

CALL: (803) 641-7850.

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.