Could true life of a Choir Boy inspire producers of off Broadway’s “Choir Boy” ? After fourteen years of singing Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro a choir boy walks out due to anti-Gay sermon on Gay Pride.
Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro has a whole new prospective for Gay Pride. The Facebook post has just started to go viral for this talented singer who has studied at The University of Miami and recently starred in “Jesus Christ Superstar“.
“So I just walked out of mass and quit my singing gig of 14 years at a R.C.C after the priests anti-gay sermon. Happy Pride Y’all! #pride.” Imagine a paying job singing at a church and on Gay Pride while millions are celebrating across the nation you are in church to sing for the Lord when you hear the Priest give a anti-Gay sermon! This is what happened to Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro June 29, 2013 on Gay Pride.
Actress Kristin Towers Rowles “that church does not deserve him staying there. I hope he gets hired in a place that will accept him and appreciate his talents.” Nancy Campbell “Love you so much…and so does God! Good for you baby!” Jessica Joan “I’m so proud of you!” Rita Sharangpani “Way to go! Stand up for yourself.” Christina Garced “come be a dance teacher! We are hiring.” Pauline Makar “Hold your head up high, I’m Proud today. Happy Pride.”
Jose Aquiles Candelaria-Castro “Thanks everyone! Anybody Hiring? I need a job! LOL.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Lesbians and Gays, the time for silence is done. Why sit and listen to hatred spewed from mouths meant to preach love? Today, I chose to stand up, walk out and move on from a place I’ve known since childhood, that I’d seen on my way to school everyday, I saw my first real wedding, I was my first grade teachers’ guest. It wasn’t my first, the biggest or the best, but this parish was home.
A music director from a church was my first piano teacher. He taught me about music and musicals. It wasn’t till years later I realized, Oh, He was Gay. Today as I sat listening to a priest giving a sermon condemning me. A parishioner for twenty-five years, and cantor for fourteen, a person who has never hidden, yet never flaunted who he is. I felt Pride. For my pink tie, for being me! Love is love. A psalm proclaiming my inheritance, second reading said, “Love Thy Neighbor.” Hoping the sermon would follow this commandments message, instead there was fear, for centuries. Fear, fear that gays will, “Take away our Tax-exempt status,” “Use our churches and ministers for weddings,” “…destroy the children,” To the Catholic Church I say, from shame, to abuse and manipulations of truths, this empire has caused a lot of children a lot of pain. We don’t need buildings or men reading scripts to worship and prove our faith.
I will not sit and be shamed. I will not sit and be torn away, by hypocrites who have forgotten what their teaching proclaims. “Love Thy Neighbor,” “But the Greatest of these is love.” My Mother instilled in me a sense of spirituality and faith. She passed away last year. Our views on religion were always at odds. One of the last things she murmured to me the last day I saw her was, “God made you that way.” I didn’t understand right away, but as I lay next to her weak body and brilliant soul, I knew she knew it was ok. Love, given by two men, or two women is love, just the same, beautiful, unconditional, true. We have been silent for too long, our time has come. Stand Up, be proud, walk out and move on. Happy Pride!” Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro.
“Once again theatre plays itself out in real life. Not even Broadway can make this stuff up. Listening to Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro voice from his You Tube channel you can tell this boy can sing. Our hope is that every theatre, church, choir will support this brave choir boy. There must be a Gay Men’s Chorus who would hire this singer who has made his fellow Gay Brothers and Sisters proud. Now that is Gay Pride. ” BroadwayGlobal.
At the same time of this real life Choir Boy an off-Broadway American Premiere of “Choir Boy” is in previews with an Official Opening this Tuesday July 2, 2013. The Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) has priced the production tickets at just $30. Tickets are on sale via City Tix (212)581-1212 or by visiting www.nyccitycenter.org.
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy” is directed by Trip Cullman and is part of the Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center. The off-Broadway production stars Tony Award winner Austin Pendleton (Ivanov), Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King), Kyle Beltran (In The Heights), Grantham Coleman (As You Like It), Jeremy Pope (Little Shop of Horrors and Wallace Smith (American Idiot).
Maybe the “Choir Boy” producers will be inspired by America’s Gay Pride Choir Boy Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro (Jesus Christ Superstar) and offer him an audition to what could be a perfect fit for their off-Broadway production of “Choir Boy“.
“In “Choir Boy” the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus (Jeremy Pope) wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings his own key?” (MTC).
The Off broadway production team includes Jason Michael Webb (Music Director), David Zinn (Scenic and Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design) and Fitz Patton (Sound Design).
“Choir Boy” may have a dual effect on many this Gay Pride, first with the opening of the off-Broadway production of “Choir Boy” and second with a true life Choir Boy story walking out showing Gay Pride and strength for many years to come. “So I just walked out of mass and quit my singing gig of 14 years at a R.C.C after the priests anti-gay sermon. Happy Pride Y’all! #pride.” Jose Aquiles Candelaria Castro.