Launching a nationwide 50-city tour, premiering in Orange, Texas, on November 7, Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise is a groundbreaking musical event that blends classical music with classic rock and breathes new life into George Fredrick Handel’s most performed oratorio.

Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noisewill cross the country and play cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Chicago, and San Diego. And it all starts in Orange, Texas, where for fifteen years, the Lutcher has been working to obtain the opportunity to mount the national tour of a large-scale production. The show will be staged and rehearsed at the Lutcher for the week prior to the two Sunday, November 7 performances at 2:00and 7:00 PM.

Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise features stunning visual effects, thrilling songs, an orchestra, rock band, and some of the most powerful voices in stage and screen. All of these elements combine to create a new genre of music that effortlessly embraces all generations and reinvigorates one of the most beloved musical compositions of all time.

Unique to this production, and giving Orange another reason to be proud, is the casting of four local youth and young adult choirs. The choirs from West Orange-Stark High School and Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School will be featured in the show as well as a children’s choir made up of students from West Orange-Stark Middle School. The Cardinal Singers of Lamar University of Beaumont, Texas, will fulfill the role of the fourth choir.

Performing on stage with the cast of Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noisewill provide the local choir students with the opportunity to gain professional theater experience and discover what it’s like to be part of a nationally touring company. They will also have the opportunity to perform one of the newest interpretations of the most celebrated oratorio in the world, in front of their own family and friends.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise range from $30-$60 and may be purchased at For group reservations, call the box office at 409-886-5535. This project is funded in part by the City of Orange through the Southeast Texas Arts Counciland by Invista.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.