What does it take to get fired from a church choir? In 1880, all it took was singing in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Scandalized by the pagan audacity of a group of choristers, Metropolitan Methodist Church—now Metropolitan United Church—fired en masse those who had taken part.
Celebrating its 200th anniversary, the church invites all its neighbours and friends to a free performance of “Metropolitan—The Musical: One church, two centuries.” Sifting through the archives, the show brings together highlights, both serious and laughable, chronicling the church’s turbulent journey through the 19th and 20th centuries to its position today: an affirming congregation, honouring the diversity of its downtown adherents.
Currently recognized for its excellence in preaching and music, Metropolitan has always been focused on social justice. Institutions like the Fred Victor Centre were created by the church, and community leaders like Misters Ryerson, Massey, and Gooderham helped steer its course. Its history dovetails with the growth of Toronto, and The Musical will tie all these elements together in a song-filled evening of entertainment.
All are welcome. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3, at the church, 54 Queen St. East. Metropolitan is now wheelchair accessible.