Style gurus Treon Habillement and Lucy Keltone are the hosts of Christian reality TV makeover show “Changing Clothes.” They are filming a special episode and call Patricia Churchlady on stage. She is flustered and excited (“OMG, It’s Me!”). Lucy and Treon have observed Patricia’s style, and their secret video clips with family, friends, and co-workers are projected on the large screen. This is more than a wardrobe revamp, however, and Patricia balks. But Treon and Lucy challenge Patricia to accept change (“Let Go”). She wavers (“The Way I Am”), but finally agrees to go through with the entire makeover. Treon and Lucy note that attitudes do not go unnoticed (“The 4D 360 View”). With Patricia’s co-worker, Haylee, they identify one point for makeover (“Chip on Your Shoulder”). Patricia’s son, Kevin, joins the group for another point (“Temper’s Too Short Tango”). Patricia is overwhelmed. Treon and Lucy remind her that if she doesn’t like her behavior – or herself, heart-change comes from God (“Put on Love”). God has adopted her as His own daughter (“Princess”) and has provided her with all new attitudes to “wear” when she lets His Holy Spirit lead (“Stay in the Spirit”). Past clients come on stage from the audience. Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Rahab, Naomi, Mary Magdalene, Bartimaeus, Peter, Paul, Euodia and Syntyche share testimonies of successful makeovers. The Company sings “Change Clothes” and a country-style rendition of “What Are You Wearing to Meeting?” ends the show on an uplifting note! About 90 minutes.
With Patricia K. Hill
What inspired you to write this musical?
I was a fan of TLC's What Not to Wear. I thought adapting the format to a Christian theme would make a great skit for Youth Camp. No one picked up my suggestion, so I finally wrote it myself and it turned into a full length musical.
What's your favorite part or line in the musical? Why?
My favorite part is Treon's reminder to Patricia in "Put on Love" that God does not love me in a general way, but knows me personally and better than anyone else - and loves me enough to provide through Christ the Way for me to live out His best for me.
Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
Lucy and Treon are based on the hosts of TLC's What Not to Wear. I appreciated in that show how they sought to bring out the best of each client. Patricia Churchlady is based on who I am without Christ.
What did you try to achieve with this musical?
"Changing Clothes" reminds me that what the Church calls "holiness" is more than going to church meeting on Sundays. It is a life lived in Christ's Presence each day.
Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
"Now may the Lord bless you..."