"Amazing Grace the Musical" will hit the Niswonger Performing Arts stage on Friday, Feb. 16. (Photo submitted)
"Amazing Grace the Musical" will hit the Niswonger Performing Arts stage on Friday, Feb. 16. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – In the midst of the 2017-2018 season ELEVEN at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, a unique opportunity arose that was so exciting it was simply impossible to let pass. In addition to the stellar lineup that makes up season ELEVEN, the Niswonger will present "Amazing Grace the Musical" Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available now.

"Amazing Grace the Musical" is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.

John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.

Brimming with emotion and adventure, "Amazing Grace the Musical" is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.

Tickets for this exciting, all-new event can be purchased through the Box Office Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. at 419-238-6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 State Route 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio.