Saturday March 5th @ 8 PM
Why The Invisible Cowboy?
How can we motivate people to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus? How can we be more effective in communication to the seekers of this generation?
The Invisible Cowboy was written to communicate to the very heart of Christian and pre-Christian people with the love of God and the good news of Jesus in a fresh new way, using a technique of communication modeled to us by Jesus himself… parables.
Jesus used parables for they speak to the heart and compel those who are honestly searching to discover the truth. The Invisible Cowboy makes us laugh, think, cry, and most of all decide how we will respond to the lavish love of Christ.
The story of the Invisible Cowboy is told by Neil Light who uses music, song and dramatic monologue, to weave the tale of Benji, a young man in search of a hero. Orphaned as a lad, Benji is forced to grow up much too fast in a dusty town called Sanctified Flat.
Benji is compelled to seek out the Invisible Cowboy, for Benji believes that he is the only hope for setting straight the unscrupulous and rugged world of the Wild West.
The colourful characters he meets on his journey offer Benji their own advice. There’s Skeeter Briggs, the town Sheriff, “Don’t set your heart on him comin’ here, let things be what they be.” And Colonel Micah Wicket, the biggest rancher in the territory “… there ain’t no heroes around here, just men and we don’t need fixin’… ” And the villain Mean Mike, and Frypan the one-legged trail cook. Hop McDuff, the traveling shyster, and there’s Job, the owner of the town saloon where the only rule is “No spittin’ in the floor”
Benji is befriended by a friendly shepherd who takes him under his wing and tells him he can see the Invisible Cowboy if he comes with him.
Neil Light is a seasoned musician with experience in a wide variety of musical genres from rock to bluegrass, swing, gospel and folk. He toured with Gaslight in the 60’s, Starchild in the 70’s, Thief in the Night in the 80’s and Straight Up in the 90’s. He also performed in Theatre and Company’s “The Case of the Curious Caberet”, and Youth With A Mission’s “Hind’s Feet In High Places”. He played with the innappropriately named Grand River Orchestra, classic rock band Wake The Giants and has over 20 years experience with Vineyard musical worship teams.
Neil was introduced to musical theatre through Youth With a Mission Academy of Performing Arts. During his time with them he toured churches and colleges throughout Canada and the USA with a 5 piece group performing “Nightwatch” a live musical theatre piece written by Mark Herringshaw. Mark later wrote “The Invisible Cowboy” which Neil has been performing for over 20 years. Neil has written and performed another musical storytelling piece “The Light” as well as a one-man dramatic performance of Charles Sheldon’s bestseller In His Steps.
Neil also performs as a solo guitarist/singer songwriter with a large repertoire of original songs as well as a collection of songs by Canadian and American folk artists and singer/songwriters.
Neil makes his home in Cambridge with his lifelong friend and treasured wife Janet.