Let There Be Light is an award-winning new musical created by Brianna Barnes. Based on real interviews, Let There Be Light features a unique collection of diverse experiences, struggles, and questions to do with Christianity in America in 2019. What happens when the religious fanatic, the wandering agnostic, and hopeful atheist's worlds collide? Can a space exist in which they can share their most powerful stories and expose their deepest fears about The Church into the light? Through authentic, raw, and provocative storytelling and a dynamic folk-rock score, Let There Be Light invites anyone who has been impacted by the Church, for better or for worse, to ask the hard questions by stepping away from the fear that divides us and into the light that asks, "What's your story?"


Brianna Barnes created Let There Be Light her senior of college at The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. With a background in songwriting, she began to craft an idea for a musical about people’s experiences with Jesus Christ. She conducted professional interviews around the Cincinnati area and began piecing together a script while writing new music. Under the supervision of CCM Musical Theater Faculty, she birthed a workshop featuring 8 CCM students, concluding in a staged performance in the spring of 2016. After moving to New York, Brianna entered "Illuminate the Night" and "United" into the New York Musical Festival’s songwriting competition in 2017. Both songs were selected to be featured in NYMF's United We Stand Concert at Green Room 42. The following summer in 2018, Let There Be Light was chosen to compete in New York Theatre Festival’s Summerfest 2018! It was presented as an Equity Showcase for 3 fully staged (and sold out) performances! It received 5 nominations from The New York Theatre Festival in 4 categories including Best Musical/Play, Best Score, Best Singer(s), and Best Actress. Let There Be Light won BEST MUSICAL and also won for BEST SCORE!

It’s rare to have an overtly Christian production that isn’t over the top, excessively preachy, or worse yet, terribly mediocre... Brianna Barnes’s new work, LET THERE BE LIGHT, though, is none of the above... Barnes’s acoustic sensibilities as a songwriter are right in line with contemporary music; her theatrical training helps, too. But the most powerful thing for me was Barnes herself and her direct, frank discussion of what’s wrong with Christianity in 2016...Its the most relevant, sincere and moving thing I’ve heard… in a very long time.”
— Kirk Sheppard, The Sappy Ciritc (Cincinnati, OH)

There are many expenses associated with mounting a new theater work. Some of these costs include Actor Stipends, Sound Equipment and Engineer, Printing Programs, Rehearsal Space Rental, and Musician Stipends. If you feel the desire in your heart to partner with me and support the process of this production, click the button above to be taken to our GoFundMe Donation Page.

For booking inquiries, please contact LetThereBeLight2018@gmail.com

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