Saturday, August 13, 2016

TAMC Chapter 16


We had a great time facilitating at the Salvation Army's Territorial Arts Ministry Conservatory. Typically I teach and direct, but this time my friend and fellow Christians in Theatre Arts board member, Joe Frost, led us in devised theatre.

We arrived Saturday night with nothing but a parable. I partnered with dancer/choreographer Sarah George. We were assigned Matthew 13:44-46, which actually has two parables paired: The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price.

After some warm-ups designed to get us thinking and creating together we split into two groups and gave the students a 10-minute time limit to dramatize their respective parables. Monday night we shared our ideas with the entire conservatory. Tuesday morning we took feedback we'd received, along with new ideas on what the Kingdom of God is and re-envisioned the entire piece. We kept adding and fine-tuning, and were adding final touches right up until just a few hours before the finale.

You can see the results by clicking here. Our group begins at 24:35.

On Sunday night the Creative Arts Service Team (CAST) performed Moses. I saw an eight minute version last summer in London at the Millennium Dome, and now they've fleshed it out to 28 minutes. So many of them have been my students and colleagues here at TAMC, and they all threw themselves into it! I was quite proud. You can see their performance at Hershey Park by clicking here.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

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