What is TCTL?

Powerful Evangelism and Modern Musical Theater combined into an Immersive Faith Encounter


TCTL is an international, critically acclaimed musical and multi-sensory video experience of Jesus’ death, resurrection and the coming of the holy spirit on Pentecost. It’s an authentic biblical proclamation of the greatest love story of all time with….

  • NO religious compromises
  • astounding research results
  • church testimonials from Detroit to Australia
  • killer theatrical reviews
  • over 90,000 people in attendance
  • and standing ovations at every show!

New studies have shown that more and more of US adults who were raised Catholic are leaving the church at some point in their lives. What's the reason? Well...most cited they feel church is boring and not relevant. And as a result…they don’t think it’s true!

That’s why we’ve spent over a million dollars developing this high tech, contemporary musical production to immerse people in Jesus’ story of love and mercy and make it exciting and relevant in the 21st Century!

And we can prove it works!

Professor Michael Garver saw the show in 2014. This experience affected him so deeply that he conducted a Customer Experience Research Study to see if others felt the same way and the results were astounding!

Our Customer Satisfaction Score was the same or higher than the best companies in the US: Amazon, Apple Computers, and Federal Express!

  • 86% were extremely satisfied with the event
  • 89% felt emotionally moved during the event.

Isn’t that amazing? But that’s not all...

We also had the highest Net Promoter Score [NPS] in the country!  *Source: 2015 Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Average Net Promoter Scores for US consumer sectors.

Dr. Garver was blown away!

  • 77% said "Yes! I would recommend this event to others!"

That is the essence of evangelization, and it’s exactly what our church needs now more than ever!

So why is TCTL is so effective? 

We’ve harnessed the power of theater and music to emotionally connect people to not only the story of Jesus in the Bible, but to every human emotion along the way. With this show, you can experience…

  • Jesus' love for us in the Last Supper
  • His agony and fear in the garden
  • Peter's guilt and shame when he denies Christ three times
  • The Blessed Mother's trust in God and her grief at the foot of the cross
  • And then...when you experience the joy of the risen Lord on Easter Sunday, you will rejoice like never before!

TCTL works because it immerses people and all of the senses into HIS story. It’s a baptism of the imagination with the “technical wow” factor that our young people need to be engaged!

We transform the walls of the church back into a sacred storytelling vehicle like in years past, surrounding people with dramatic, cinematic imagery - the baby in the manger, the cross, the nails, the storm clouds, the lighting, the empty tomb...

...And take people on a deeply moving musical journey through Christ’s passion, resurrection, and the coming of the holy spirit on Pentecost. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world!

So...if you're serious about giving your flock a spiritual wake up call to reignite their faith, follow the instructions below. Don’t delay – performance weeks are limited and filling up fast!


Running length is 90 minutes. Perfect for believers of all denominations. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 not allowed.

    Follow the steps below to schedule your FREE 1-hour Consultation! Learn how your church can host this life changing evangelization event.

    Step 1.

    Download our FREE Event Hosting Book.

    Step 2.

    Schedule a FREE 1-hour Consultation with Kelly Nieto, Executive Producer and Creator of TCTL.

    Bishop Felipe EstevezBishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

    The Cross and the Light is the essence of the New Evangelization. It is Pope Francis' Joy of the Gospels!

    Val ClarkChannel 7 News Reporter, Detroit MI

    They're taking the Stations of the Cross off the walls of the church and into the hearts of the people.

    Stanley Williams, Ph.DHollywood Script Consultant, Filmmaker & Author

    It's absolutely the epitome of Christian media, performance, talent, and craft. This will involve you, connect you and engage you...and it's absolutely a life-changing experience. TCTL's presentation of the greatest love story of all time is perhaps the greatest presentation ever staged!

    Monsignor Gary SmetankaPastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Host Church 2015-2016

    The Cross and the Light opens the floodgates of God's mercy and love...you can't deliver the Good News of Jesus in a more dynamic and sensational way in our present time!

    The Most Reverend Archbishop VigneronArchdiocese of Detroit

    This production promises to draw countless people closer to Jesus, knowing his love more clearly, understanding His sacrifice more deeply, and becoming more ready to share the Good News of His love with others.

    David KileyTheater Critic, EncoreMichigan.com

    The Cross and The Light feels very rooted...in evangelizing the Good News of the gospels in a big, theatrical way....(the production is) powerful evangelism and theater combined into a unique faith experience.

    Craig PohlNew Evangelization Director, Lansing Diocese

    ​TCTL is an awesome experience of the New Evangelization in action! They are pioneers of a whole new style of ministry in the Church.This is truly what is meant by an ENCOUNTER event!”

    Monsignor Michael BugarinPastor of St. Joan of Arc

    I was in AWE with the whole program. It truly is a ‘must see’ event.

    Father Charles FoxArchdiocese of Detroit Priest, Spiritual Director to Living Faith -Fine Arts Apostolate

    This (production) is exactly what Saint John Paul II meant when he used the term the 'New Evangelization!

    Keith MajorFormer Marketing Director, Franciscan University

    ​It’s so visual. This is not just a show or a tool in the New Evangelization.This is God's language and how he speaks to his people.

    Teresa TomeoNationally Syndicated Catholic Talkshow Host/Author

    It's Les Miserables in Jerusalem!

    Al KrestaNationally Syndicated Catholic Talkshow Host/Author

    The sheer magnitude of this production is unbelievable! It should be in every diocese in the country. It's that good!


    Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel IN
    Our Lady Star of the Sea, MI
    St. Pat's of Whitelake, MI
    St. Malachy, Madison Heights, MI
    St. Catherine of Siena, Orange Park FL
    Music Hall Theater, Detroit MI
    MYEFaith Youth Event, Saginaw MI
    St. Frances of Cabrini, Allen Park, MI
    St. Isidore, Sterling Heights, MI
    Australian Catholic Theater, Adelaide AU
    St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tampa, FL
    Lansing Women’s Conference, MI
    St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield MI
    Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington MI