"Then Sings My Soul: Beloved Hymns & Songs Inspired by the Ministry of Billy Graham" all started because of a great love for hymns, their histories, and a deep respect for the ministry of Billy Graham. When researching the project, writer Kat Prickett was floored when she learned just how many hymns were “made famous by” or were written by those saved at the Billy Graham Crusades. Having grown up watching Graham's Crusades on television and listening to George Beverly Shea on cassette tape, Kat knew she wanted to one day write a program about hymn histories. When Mr. Graham passed away in February of 2018, God lit that desire on fire. What started as a Sunday of performances in The Barn at Kat's family business, The Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pennsylvania in August of 2018, has now grown in to a program that's traveled nationally, with countless people having been blessed by these great hymn stories and the message of Billy Graham.
"Then Sings My Soul" is an original hour and twenty minute musical presentation, and features 4 professional vocalists and live music accompaniment from the Lancaster, PA area. Highlighting historical moments in Reverend Graham's ministry, the program includes a look at the history behind over 30 of some of the most famous hymns - many of which were written as a result of tragic and trying circumstances. Featuring favorites such as How Great Thou Art, I’d Rather Have Jesus, His Eye is on the Sparrow and Just As I Am, there’s even an old-fashioned hymn sing, just like in the "good old days"!
“Then Sings My Soul” has had the privilege of performing at venues throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and will be appearing this year at Lebanon's Music in the Park Series, the Bishop Janes Tabernacle in historic Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Summit Grove Camp Meeting in New Freedom, PA and in Pigeon Forge, TN as part of Dollywood's Food & Flower + Faith Festival. They were most recently featured in an online article on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website titled “Honoring Billy Graham: Hymn Singers Tell a Story that ‘Needs to be Told.’”
In today’s modern world, where organs, pews and hymnals are practically a thing of generations past, we seek to not just entertain audiences, but educate them on hymns and their rich history, share the Gospel message, and honor the memory of Billy Graham, whose life mission was to let people know that, “God loves you.”
Written by Katherine Prickett. Original Musical Direction by Scott Williams. Original Staging by Dan Deal. Produced by LeeP Productions, LLC. Copyright 2019.
Cast & Crew
For Kat, it all began at age 3 when she sang her first solo in church: "Jesus Loves Me." She is an Emmy-nominated producer, having worked in television for 11 years. She has performed in the Lancaster, PA area with Servant Stage Company, The Fulton Theatre, PRiMA and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. She is also co-owner of The Red Caboose Motel & Casey Jones' Restaurant in Strasburg, PA.
Ric has performed in numerous American Music Theatre and Sight & Sound productions. He was the founder/director of the Celebration Singers and has toured with The Continentals throughout the U.S., Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. He had the privilege of singing with Christian artists Steve Green, Dino, Wayne Watson, Melody Tunney, and conducted orchestras for the Mandrell Sisters and Celeste Holmes.
Sarah grew up singing hymns and is very excited to be singing all of these beautiful songs as a part of "Then Sings My Soul". Sarah has performed in Lancaster County with Servant Stage Company, Rainbow Dinner Theatre, and spent 3 years touring the country with Re-Creation.
Bryson is thrilled to be able to sing these beautiful hymns and songs in celebration of the life of Billy Graham. Bryson is a cast member with Sight & Sound Theatres and has appeared in numerous productions. Bryson graduated from Lancaster Bible College and recently got married!
Our Team & Support Staff
Bryson Buffington, Sarah Poague, Kat Prickett & Ric Zimmerman
Violin (at select performances)
Pastor Dan & Kim Blank
Front of House & Prayer Team
Sound & Set Design
LeeP Productions LLC is named in memory of Kat's grandparents, Lee & Mildred Peiffer, whom she loved and admired dearly. "LeeP" also stands for "take a leap of faith", and is built around Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." To God be the Glory - great things HE hath done!
"What a wonderful blessing the "Then Sings My Soul" show was that you put on telling the story of Billy Graham. What an inspiration it was. I'm still singing and thank God for all he has done for each one of us. I pray you and your partners will take this show to millions and millions of people!"
Bonnie Campbell, Palmyra, PA
"Thank you so very much for your vision and compassion of Billy Graham. Your singing and message was so very well presented. Your music ministry is touching many lives."
"It was absolutely amazing...what a wonderful, meaningful performance. The performance was a huge hit! In fact, I would book it again! All the performers are extremely talented and truly sing from their hearts.
I highly recommend “Then Sings My Soul.”
Michelle B., Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, PA