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Playwriting Pastor Returns to Groton with “Esther,” His New Musical

David MacAdam, second from right, directs a scene from Esther. Courtesy photo.


By Paul Cooke
Composer, playwright and director David MacAdam is a busy man. He wears two distinct hats: over the past three decades he has written and directed six original musical productions as the artistic director of New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater and he is one of the longest-serving clergyman in the area, serving as senior pastor of New Life Community Church in Concord since 1987. He’s especially busy these days because he’s just brought his newest musical to Groton.
     This original new musical, "Esther: For Such a Time as This," is set for its premier here on Sept. 20 at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center. The show will have eight performances, running through Sept. 29. MacAdam is familiar with Groton since the theatrical company he leads has filled the Performing Arts Center on numerous occasions in the past. But this year he’s brought a cast of nearly 80, and a large crew—and, as always, a live orchestra—to stage the company’s grandest production to date, a show they’ve been working on for over three years.
     He describes his play in this way, “ 'Esther' tells the story of a beautiful young Jewish orphan who becomes queen to the Persian emperor at a time when his reign is plagued with political intrigue, plots of sabotage and genocide. The story is high drama as it deals with the ancient plague of anti- Semitism. I would love to be able
to say that racial prejudice, religious persecution, genocide, sexual exploitation, and anti-Semitism were all in the past. But the truth is that these problems are globally with us today and recent events have only brought them to greater public attention. I wanted to address them."
     All shows of New Life Fine Arts’ “Esther: For Such a Time as This” will be at Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center located at 344 Main Street in Groton, Mas- sachusetts. Tickets are available at or call (800) 838-3006. Admission price for all ages is $20, plus a per ticket service charge. The show runs for eight performances from Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 29.
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