The Savannah Community Theatre presents the musical “Hands of the Spirit” at the Trustees Theatre Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, a school performance will be held Monday, Dec. 12 at 9:45 a.m. The play is a fascinating true story based on the life of the late African-American visionary artist J.B. Murray, an illiterate farm worker who became an artist of international acclaim. It follows Murray from his initial “vision” which led him to paint to his time spent in a psychiatric institution, and follows his rise to international acclaim until his death in 1988. The musical will include local gospel choir members from First Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and a dance troupe led by choreographer Stephanie Davis. There will also be a Folk Art exhibit featuring works by J. B. Murray and other Folk Artists at the Beach Institute located at 502 E. Harris St. following Saturday’s performance. Tickets to the exhibit and champagne reception are available at the door for a $10 charge. Reservations for the reception are suggested and can be made by calling 912-247-4644. Dr. William Rawlings of Sandersville, Ga. who treated Murray and is a principle character in the musical will be present at the performances, along with Mary Padgelek, the show’s author. The musical is based on Padgelek’s book, “In the Hands of the Holy Spirit: The Visionary Work of J.B. Murray.” Tickets are $16.50 to $36.50. For reservations, call The Savannah Box Office at 912-525-5050, click on or visit for more information.

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