Thanks to the hard working members of Immanuel Lutheran, E. Peoria and to all our new friends from the community theater community who brought this history based and “odd” script, Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, The Musical, to life. You gave amazing performances show after show. Thanks as well to the nearly 300 patrons who came to see it. Thank you for spreading the word and your kind and enthusiastic comments. Will we do it again next year?  A  little too early to answer that question, but your thoughts are always welcome.


500 Years of The Lutheran Reformation

Luther nailing 95 Theses starting ReformationThe Reformation

October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. His intention was to call in to question the sale of indulgences and try to move the Catholic Church and the Pope back towards biblically sound teachings. What he did instead was spark the Lutheran Reformation, which has had a lasting impact on western civilization and the world. You may not know it, but we are all heirs of the Reformation.

500th Anniversary Celebration

Immanuel Lutheran Church, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is producing a musical called Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God. We have our directors, Denise Beattie and Steve Hausler! Our music director is Blisse Stanford.

The musical will be a dinner theater performed at the Lindenhof Hall in Peoria, IL. Tickets will go on sale September 1: $35 for the dinner theater or $20 for a matinee performance. Online sales have begun! 

Dinner Theater: October 21, 22, & 29 (6:00pm dinner, 7:00pm performance)
Matinee: October 22 (2:00pm, dessert included at intermission)

Tickets and dinner menus can be found here: Tickets and Menus.


Auditions and Character List!

Auditions will be held Sunday, September 3 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturday, September 9 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 526 E. Washington, East Peoria. The cast consists of several major characters, congregants, and a choir. A small crew will also be needed. Anyone interested in being a part of this production is welcomed to audition and volunteer!

Character List
Student LutherMartin LutherGeorge Spalatin
Father StauptizPhilip MelanchthonDean Carlstadt
Johann EckKatie LutherEscaped Nuns
Hans LuderMargaretta LuderLeo X - Pope
Woman 1Man 1Peasants Extras
Cardinal CajetanCharles VImperial Guards
Johannes BugenhagenJohann ZwingliDr. Justus Jonas
Moderator (debate with Eck)Hans (Luther's son)Magdalena (Luther's daughter)
Martin (Luther's son)Paul (Luther's son)Margaretha (Luther's daughter)

An Open Letter from the 500th Anniversary Event Committee

Dear Friends in Christ,

On October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther walked up to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and posted 95 propositions entitled, “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” This year marks the 500th anniversary of this historic work of God, which He began though the confession of faith of this one man, Martin Luther and all those who were caught up in the wake of the event known as the “Reformation.”

Luther had no idea that his 95 Theses would alter the course of human history. The Theses would not only lead to the teaching that salvation is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ for Christ’s sake alone and the threefold principle of Sola Gratia, Sola Fides, and Sola Scriptura, it also led to the reshaping of every aspect of western civilization and daily life. Thus, the celebration of the Reformation is not for Lutherans alone. We are all heirs of the spiritual and temporal benefits of the Reformation. We encourage all Christian congregations to commemorate the Reformation and its place in their respective histories within their own fellowships on Sunday morning October
29th, 2017.

At the same time we wanted to offer something to that the Christian community would enjoy and from which we all can learn. In celebration of the 500th anniversary, Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church is producing a play titled, “Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical.” Immanuel is providing the script and financial and organizational support for this production. We are looking to the community to help make the play the best it can be. Included with this letter is a bulletin insert with some of the basic information. Soon we will be looking for people to audition for the cast and for volunteers to be a part of the crew. Our principle way of communicating with those interested in this production will be through our webpage and the play’s event page on Facebook.

We encourage everyone to learn from the Reformation, its call to faithfulness, and Gospel freedom. May God bless you with the Gospel of Christ Jesus, the forgiveness of sins, and the freedom to worship and serve we have in Him.

The 500th Anniversary Event Committee


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