Call of Guadalupe (COG) is a Christian-based, not-for-profit community theatre based in Melbourne, Australia. COG was founded in 2004 to stage Call of Guadalupe, which had been the inspiration of Singapore-based businesswoman Ann Lim and the late artist, actor and writer John Lee.
With a versatile, infectious score by composer Peter Foster, the original $60,000 production played for nine shows at the Besen Centre in 2005 and has since been seen by more than 30,000 people through a dozen revivals – and travelled to regional and interstate venues and to the Philippines.
COG found theatre to be a powerful way to communicate messages about the culture of life, love and joy.
COG promotes the sanctity of human life at every stage. COG is all-inclusive and embraces members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Alongside its annual productions, COG runs drama, singing and writing workshops and offers community outreach programs to schools, youth groups and nursing homes.
Are you interested in COG musicals, workshops or being involved in the much-loved Melbourne Passion Play? Onstage. Backstage. Promotion. Or in any of many other ways. Looking forward to seeing you!
Those who get involved in COG musicals – on both sides of the footlights – have spoken about the impact it has made on their lives.
The uplifting performances, passion of the message told, presentations and outreaches have led people to experience healing, including victory over tumours, infertility and depression. Some have overcome great adversity and suffering. Lives have been transformed as a consequence of being touched while engaged professionally and personally with COG’s artistic and pastoral work. The musicals have been a source of great encouragement to believers to keep their faith, love and hope and to choose life amidst their suffering.
And for those who don’t engage in religion as much, COG productions can be appreciated for pure entertainment. Engaging songs, dazzling dancers, singers and actors will appeal to all cultures, ages and tastes. And just perhaps . . . leave you with something to think about.
John Lee, through you. God worked his magic to reach many hearts and souls. You helped many people discover and develop skills and talents that would otherwise go undiscovered. You warmly encouraged all who stood before you to look within and allow the light to shine through. You thought us to believe in ourselves I do believe in myself and I will shine because of you
Collaborating with my dear friend and mentor John Lee on his new musical was tremendously inspirational. My co-composer and fellow musical director Keith Ng and I were brilliantly guided by John in our compositions. John’s friendship, encouragement and direction have been ever-present since our wonderful first meeting in 2009.