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    art and faith questions

    I have a question and don't know how to start a new topic so I a posting it here cuz it kind of relates. As i mentioned before, my friend and i started a new music theatre company for youth ages 7-18. My primary motive in doing this was to provide a place that was dictated by a Judeo-Christian ethic in the choice of material, how the theatre was run, and just an overall wholesome environment for youth to explore the theatre. We have decided to become non-profit and seek out corporate sponsors at the encouragement of other youth theatre companies around the country that we turned to for advice on getting up and going. Repeatedly though, I have been told not to mention anything about Christianity or this "alternative" Judeo-Christian ethic and just to cloak our theatre as a general youth theatre as not to offend. It bugs me because there is a theatre company in town that is boldly announcing themselves as the gay/lesbian theatre company and the only shows or scripts they look at or perform are about the gay/lesbian lifestyle. There is another theatre company that is purely for women's issues/rights. I am not talking about naming it Louisville Christian Youth theatre but merely to have in our bylaws and information that we are trying to offer an alternative that is Judeo-Christian in philosophy. Am I wrong? I don't want to alienate the theatre community. I have many friends there in places of leadership. But....this is why I started the theatre in the first place. I was concerned with the liberal philosophy in the local theatre community and its affect on youth. I am open to advice or suggestions. I desperately want to walk in God's will here. I dont believe there is secular and sacred. All of it is His. sigh. thanks for your input.
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    '07 Christians in Theater Arts Conference

    I have a question and don't know how to start a new topic so I a posting it here cuz it kind of relates. As i mentioned before, my friend and i started a new music theatre company for youth ages 7-18. My primary motive in doing this was to provide a place that was dictated by a Judeo-Christian ethic in the choice of material, how the theatre was run, and just an overall wholesome environment for youth to explore the theatre. We have decided to become non-profit and seek out corporate sponsors at the encouragement of other youth theatre companies around the country that we turned to for advice on getting up and going. Repeatedly though, I have been told not to mention anything about Christianity or this "alternative" Judeo-Christian ethic and just to cloak our theatre as a general youth theatre as not to offend. It bugs me because there is a theatre company in town that is boldly announcing themselves as the gay/lesbian theatre company and the only shows or scripts they look at or perform are about the gay/lesbian lifestyle. There is another theatre company that is purely for women's issues/rights. I am not talking about naming it Louisville Christian Youth theatre but merely to have in our bylaws and information that we are trying to offer an alternative that is Judeo-Christian in philosophy. Am I wrong? I don't want to alienate the theatre community. I have many friends there in places of leadership. But....this is why I started the theatre in the first place. I was concerned with the liberal philosophy in the local theatre community and its affect on youth. I am open to advice or suggestions. I desperately want to walk in God's will here. I dont believe there is secular and sacred. All of it is His. sigh. thanks for your input.
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    Art that glorifies God

    The very definition of the word "glorify" insinuates to reflect back, to ascribe honor, to acknowledge Him as to His being, attributes, and acts. (from Vines Expository Dictionary). I passionately believe that the arts whether it be through words, music, painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, etc. can display or reflect an aspect of God's infinite nature. He is the ELOHIM, the creator of everything. Recently as I was preparing for opening night in our youth theatre I was thinking about this. What we try to create through costuming, light design, sets, movement, dance etc is but a shadow of the infinite reality of what God has done all around us. I walked out the back of the theatre and looked at the glory of Spring with it's costuming, lights, movement, fragrance and man.....it was WORSHIP! I think God loves it when we tap into this part of being created in His image....the desire to create and to mimic Him, to walk in His dust in a sense, brings Him pleasure. What is it John Piper says...."God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." To do this thing...the arts....is the greatest privilege, like the finite holding hands with the infinite and tapping into this Part of His Heart.
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    '07 Christians in Theater Arts Conference

    I am new to this forum. I am the co-director of the Louisville Youth Theatre (KY)...a new theatre intown dedicated to giving youth ages 8-18 opportunities in musical theatre. My question is......Is CITA really geared for drama within the church? I attend a MEGA church in Louisville with 23000 members. I was drama director there for a few years and it was always an uphill battle as far as doing "drama" in church. They do an Easter Pageant that is done with excellence but my burden is to be a light, and fragrance of Christ in the community through theatre. Would I be able to apply what is offered at CITA to Community Theatre? I have a kazillion questions and would love to have some input from Christians who have been able to do this successfully outside of the church walls. We are currently applying for non-profit status and seeking grants and corporate sponsorship. Our vision is to have an actual theatre facility here in town and do 4 shows a year + camps and seminars etc. I just feel so burdened to have a wholesome, encouraging environment for kids to experience this area of giftedness. Any advice? I am new to this forum and i loved your blog. I have been wrestling with the same issue. I want to go back and get my MFA but University of Louisville really has an agenda in their theatre arts dept that I don't think I could embrace. I love this stuff and feel like there is so much to learn. It's like in my DNA. We are sending our first son off to college at Asbury this year and ......well......my question is......is it really important to have the degree or just go to take classes to learn. Keep us posted on what you are learning.
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