WTS Presents Musical


DUBUQUE, IA – March 26, 2014 – Wartburg Theological Seminary will present a tenth anniversary production of the Gospel-Rock musical, “No Greater,” on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m. The performances will be held in the Loehe Chapel on the Wartburg Seminary campus.

The musical, “No Greater,” is based on John’s Gospel. It is in the musical tradition of “Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” One of the hymn tunes in “No Greater” was also used by Andrew Lloyd Webber as the theme in “Phantom of the Opera.” “No Greater” is the third of three such musicals composed by Rev. Jon Anderson. The script was written by Dr. Ralph Quere, Professor Emeritus of Church History and Theology at Wartburg Seminary. Dr. Quere is also the faculty advisor for the performance. Arlyn Rushe, a fourth-year student at Wartburg Seminary, is serving as the Director of “No Greater,” and second-year student, Daniel Baldwin, is the Music Director.

This musical tries to imagine what the coming of Jesus might have been like if he arrived in the 21st century rather than the 1st century. It involves women students playing the parts of some of the disciples. Given our 21st century language, some words used – especially by Jesus’ enemies – will be PG- 13 in nature, but this is a family friendly performance and youth and families are especially welcome.

“No Greater” is free and open to the public, but a free-will offering may be made. For more information about this musical, call 563-589-0307. Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is in its 160th academic year.