OUR EP ON ITUNES
A MESSAGE TO MY FRIENDS IN UTAH
“As we near the debut of this story, the songs, and this amazing cast this December on the theater stage, I am humbled when I think about this opportunity. Over the past year or so I’ve met and worked with so many folks in Utah that have taught, collaborated with, and believed in me and in this project. I could’ve never imagined the windows that would open as I decided Utah was the place to launch this production. People have rallied around me and the support has been stunning and I’m truly grateful.
I am an outsider, sort of. I was actually born in Layton, Utah and my parents grew up there. When I was three, they moved our family to Georgia and then to Tennessee following opportunities in the music business. I’ve been there ever since. At the age of 22, I moved to Salt Lake City and met my wife, who is a Utah native, but only one year after we were married I (somehow) convinced her to move back to my hometown in East Tennessee. In 2007, we made the move to Nashville following my own dreams and we still live here today.
This musical “The Best Thing About Christmas” actually came from a poem that was given over the pulpit at my church in Nashville. That same day I asked for a copy of it and wrote the song a couple days later. It was one of those songs that wrote itself but I didn’t really know what to do with it. About 10 years later I felt an urge to try something new...really new. “How hard could writing a musical script be?” I guess I thought. Well, after four years of writing and re-writing and collaborating with some seriously talented and creative people, we feel really good about where it has landed.
If you know me at all you’ll notice how closely many of the characters mirror my own life experience, weaknesses, and hopefully a couple of strengths. These songs come straight from my own life and some were even written for my brothers band to pitch to record execs as we pounded the pavement on Music Row. Many were written in hard to explain moments when I needed the right tone or message to accent the story and it seemed to drop out of Heaven...all gift wrapped with a bow. Regardless, they represent who I am, who I want to be, and hopefully what we can all strive to become…the best versions of ourselves, because we too have found out the best thing about this whole ‘Christmas thing’… that to find ourselves we must lose ourselves in doing good.“
P.S. I'm so looking forward to seeing you in our awesome theater and hope I can meet you and say hello!
A NEW EVENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
What People Are Saying
'Wow!!! What a stunning performance this was by Derek G Hinckley and his fellow artists and crew members!"
"It was such a joy to watch and I would highly recommend it to all with two thumbs up and 5 stars!"
"Loved the show! Thanks to an excellent and talented cast who beautifully shared this story!"
"Your play was a blessing to me and to many who saw it...can't wait for you to come back next year!"
"Keep this tradition going!"
"My husband and I went last night and before the show we had a chance to talk to Derek's parents. The performance was very well done and enjoyable and touching!"
"Sometimes the most powerful things you can't write...they're written on you"