VAN WERT — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is reaching out to the young community with Christian-based pop-rock band Sanctus Real.
Kylie Owens, director of marketing for Niswonger, said the center has reached out to the local Youth for Christ groups for this performance.
“We want some kids to fill to seats more and be able to provide a fun and safe environment to hang out, learn about Jesus and rock out,” Owens said. “In such a small town, we have a big religious community, and I think this is a show they always enjoy and always look forward to.”
There will be a mixer for those groups prior to the event to give them a chance to mingle with the band.
The Toledo-area band has been touring for over 20 years but received a face-lift in 2016 when original lead singer Matt Hammitt left the band. Sanctus Real is now joined by Dustin Lolli. They have used that transition to fuel its new creative direction of rebirth.
“Everybody overcomes obstacles, so if they preach on that the message, it will be heard and positively heard, especially if we can get a bunch of young teenagers and young adults in here,” Owens said. “Today, kids are going through so much more .. there are pressures on kids that wasn’t there before, which is crazy. We want to be able to give them the support they may need, reach out to them and say you’re not alone, we’re here for you.”
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.