Randy Mac’s Livin’ It Up: Sending up a prayer for ‘The Promise’

Randy Mac

Randy Mac

I’m excited! As I get this installment of  “Livin It Up” ready, we are just four days away from our first rehearsal of the 2013 season…the 25th anniversary season of “The Promise!” I’m looking forward to being “Grandpa” again. While it’s hard to believe, this will be my eighth season to get to fill that role. What an honor!

I remember back to the summer of ’06 when I was handed my first copy of the script and the music CD to practice the couple of songs I’d be singing. I remember wondering if I would really be able to memorize all of those lines. I knew it would be a challenge, but was thankful for such an opportunity.

The next thing that caused me a great deal of concern was “the dance.” If you’ve seen the show, you know there’s a scene where “Grandpa” dances with the disciples while singing “He Is Jehovah.” It’s a great scene and a wonderful song. But our choreographer told me I would need to “grapevine” with my feet and wave my hands just above my shoulders in a particular fashion…in time with the music…while singing the song.

I pointed to my feet and said, “I have some rhythm, but it’s NOT down there!” She laughed. I didn’t.

After the first couple of performances our director, Travis Tyre, said to me, “You look like you’re scared to death during the dance.”  I informed him I WAS scared to death. He laughed. I didn’t.

I guess it was during season six for me that I had gotten very comfortable with the dance. I actually began to enjoy it. The music is very loud during the scene with a lot of excitement and the disciples sing and dance, me along with them. (The REAL excitement, of course, happens when “Jesus” joins in the dance!)

Anyway, one evening as I was dancing in a circle with “Jesus” and the disciples, one of the guys opposite me, hollered out, “Hey, you’re doing purdy good, Gramps!”

Forgetting I was wearing a microphone and had just finished with a solo part, I decided to throw a “funny” his way. I hollered back, “Hey!  I don’t have the cramps!!!”

I remember the significant sinking feeling, wondering if Larry had turned my mic down after my solo, or if the audience also enjoyed my impromptu humor. I figured if my mic was “up,” I was about to be “out.”

Once again God took care of me.  Larry had, in fact, shut my mic down before I blurted out that line.

I’ve been asked how I feel about the fact that the county has made a formal statement that this season, as far as the county is concerned, will be the last season for “The Promise” at the Texas Ampitheatre. Makes me sad, but I know the county is struggling financially. As far as I understand, financial loss is occurring at most, if not every, venue the county owns. It’s just a difficult time.

I also know that God’s will has never been thwarted because HE didn’t have the means. I’ll leave it at that for now. (I’ve used up my space for this week!)

Life’s an adventure. I’m livin’ it up!

Randy McLelland, known as “Randy Mac,” is pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship and an entertainer. He can be reached at randymac@randymac.com.

6 Responses to Randy Mac’s Livin’ It Up: Sending up a prayer for ‘The Promise’

  1. Larry P. Smith Reply

    August 6, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Randy Mac,

    Livin It Up is always fun and light hearted. I could relate to this one in particular on 2 points.
    First, I never thought I had rythm but, years ago, a dance instructor was adament that I do. I never thought of telling her that there was no rythm in my feet. If there is, my feet don`t know it.
    Second, I remember when “The Promise” opened and Mel Dacus played Grandpa. I had heard him at Casa Manana in Fort Worth and was so pleased that he was chosen and had accepted the role. His voice was amazing. I think that I recommended him. I do know that I concurred with the selection.

    I had sold the property to Kingdom Properties and was very interested in their ultimate success. It was rewarding to play a small role in their coming to Glen Rose. As you know, Granbury had turned them down. 25 years is a good record and who (on earth) knows what is in store.

    Many positive things are happening in Glen Rose right now in spite of the County`s challenges that caused this decision as well as others. It is a long time until next season and we cannot predict the outcome. We can only work for the best and “Send up a prayer”. And, when I ask for something in prayer, I alwas end it with, ” Not my will but, Yours”.

    If you do not have a copy of Peter Marshall`s prayer to the 80th and 81st Congress in 1947, I would like to share it with you. It is a favorite of mine. I gave copies to members of Kingdom`s
    Board years ago when they were facing even more troubling times.

    I like to tell people,”Christ didn`t tell us that life would be easy but, He taught us how to deal with it.”. Not biblical but, it works for me.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us through
    “Livin It Up” and “The Promise”,

    Larry P Smith

    • Kathryn Reply

      August 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for your comments, Larry.

  2. Nancy Pricer Reply

    August 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    What can we do to stop this, or to help it continue?

    • Kathryn Reply

      August 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Good question, Nancy. Anyone have any answers? Would hate to see “The Promise” leave Glen Rose.

  3. John b Crawford jr Reply

    August 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for your acting we always enjoyed the play and the fellowship with ya’ll

    • Kathryn Reply

      August 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment, John. We hope this isn’t the end of “The Promise.”

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