Altar Boyz live in Omaha

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March 22nd, 2012

Omaha, NE – The Altar Boyz continues through this weekend at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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Five young men become a boy band in "The Altar Boyz" Musical. (Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse)

Five local actors playing, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham have taken the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The Altar Boyz musical is a parody of boy bands and Christian music groups.

“It was all done in a spirit of great affection for people’s faiths, and with respect, I think they really succeeded in that,” said Director Susie Baer-Collins.

“They sing a song, it’s called The Calling, of how they first knew they should all be together. The lyrics: Jesus called me on a cell phone, no roaming charges were incurred, he told me to go out and spread his glorious word. Another verse is Jesus tweeted me on Twitter,” she said.

Baer-Collins said the Altar Boyz are on a “Raise the Praise” tour trying to save audience members. She also said this high-energy show is presented like a concert with singing and dancing. The actors use head microphones on stage. “If we ever have any technical problems, just like in a rock concert, somebody comes out and fixes us right there, the band is on stage,” she said.

“So, the dialog sections in the play are kind of spare and minimal, as if this is how they would talk in between numbers,” she said.

The Altar Boyz continues through Sunday, March 25th at the Omaha Community Playhouse in central Omaha.

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