I LOVE musical theater… not in the way I love chocolate, or a beautiful spring day. But more like the way I love a glass of water when I am thirsty. But not just any musical theater… musical theater that communicates the truth and grace of God, that provides an atmosphere for an encounter with the Living God. THAT is my kind of musical theater.
I first fell in love with this type of theater while attending New Life Fine Arts’ production of Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Then, while attending Gordon College, I participated in their show Celestial City on stage, followed by 6 or 7 years of being in the pit for the Christmas show.
My first time being backstage before a show with this troupe, I knew I had found something special. As we prayed together for the people who were sitting in the audience, and then raised our voices in songs of worship (beautifully sung, a capella, by the talented troupe) I knew I had found what I wanted to do.
You see, I was in my first musical, at age 5, complete with vocal solo, in front of an audience of 250+ people. And thereafter, every few years, I would be in another production. And I did love my time on the stage! All through high school, I would be either on stage or in the pit for various shows.
But seeing people leave the theater, with tears in their eyes, with hope in their hearts, faith newly kindled or re-kindled, was another matter entirely. This was what I found at NLFA.
I don’t know when the desire to write theater first entered my head. I know I wrote my first song at 17 (although I had filled blank journals with poetry and rhyming stories for years). Isn’t it funny how, apparently, one day it will pop into a person’s head: “I think I’ll try to write a song.” 🙂 Or: “I think I’ll write a musical.” And so we do.
But it did, and I wrote my first show for Christmas at our church when Levi was very little. And then I was seized with the need to know if I could really write musical theater, theater that makes a difference. The rest, as they say, is history. Having written two more shows, and working on two others, I am just as deeply driven to do this as ever. People will ask me, “how do you find time for that, on top of your everyday life?” And I always answer “I really don’t know! I just have to.” And so, I am.
If you ever want to see an inspiring play, that will leave you better off than when you found it, (and you are in MA) you need to check out New Life Fine Arts. “Theater you can believe in.”
Warning: This is NOT your average church play.
The next show is currently not scheduled… but you can be sure that I will be letting you know when it is!!! 🙂 I will organize a group to go down, like we did in “the olden days” for the Christmas show.
Thanks for enduring my random, babbling thoughts about theater. Sorry I have been so slack in the blogging! I will try to do better! 🙂