Ensemble Stage presents GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS

Ensemble Stage was basically conceived out of necessity and an unfaltering love of the performing arts and the unquenchable desire to share that love with the North Carolina High-Country community. In order to provide the surrounding community with affordable access to quality performing arts, Ensemble Stage was created.

September 10th marks the opening of Ensemble Stage’s first production with an ALL professional cast: God’s Man in Texas.

Faith and egos collide in the age of mass-market religion at Houston’s Rock Baptist Church, “the Baptist Super Bowl”—complete with schools, media ministries, a gym with two pools, bowling alley, dinner theatre, cineplex, retail stores, stadiums, ministries for everyone from singles and recovering alcoholics to seniors and overweight women. A search committee has been formed to find a successor to Rock’s legendary pastor, eighty-one-year-old Philip Gottschall, a vigorous marvel and master strategist both in and out of the pulpit. Young Jeremiah Mears is asked to audition for the job by preaching a month of Sunday evening guest sermons. Jerry grew up listening to his wandering salesman father preach on street corners as “Christ’s rabid dog”—the lives of father and son thus defined by the religion of selling and the selling of religion. Gottschall protects what he has spent a lifetime building at Rock by backing Mears as his replacement; but as Jerry gains a foothold, Gottschall’s grip on his pulpit becomes as firm as his faith. The pastors’ sound man—and sounding board—is Hugo Taney, a reformed wreck of a soul whose youth was wasted with “drinking and all kinds of drugs. Hugo and Jerry discover their lives are astonishingly linked by past events, Gottschall fears their alliance and becomes haunted by “whisperings and secrets.” The Biblical struggle among this trinity of men climaxes during Rock’s spectacular annual electrical Christmas parade; there is a sacrifice, a resurrection and, finally, salvation as God whispers to a listening heart.

SHOWTIMES: September 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 @ 7:30pm; September 12 @ 3:30pm

LOCATION: At Blowing Rock School Auditorium

TICKET PRICES: are $15 Adults, $12 Students/Seniors/Military

Group rates are available.

For tickets or more info call (828) 919-6196 or go to www.ensemblestage.com

NOTE: This post and the following opinion was unsolicited by Ensemble Stage and initiated based solely on my personal experience.  I know the members of Ensemble Stage to be committed to the community and to the arts. Please share this information with your family and friends so that we can show are support and keep local, grassroots artistic endeavors alive and well in the High Country.


  1. Yay, Tiffany!! Thanks SO much for sharing this with us!! You rock!