Saturday, July 24, 2010

Turn Around

At CCC, the senior high youth from HCUMC performed a skit as part of the Friday night campfire. It was to the Bonnie Raitt song "Total Eclipse of the Heart." (Sidebar: if you haven't seen the YouTube video "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version," bookmark that link and watch it after you read this.)

The skit was incredibly moving, and the youth did a great job with it. I'll spare you a lengthy description and just direct you to the video below of another group performing it. The addition that really shook me is that the girl playing the main part was Tristan, and her dad was an adult leader at CCC; at one point in the part where she was being pushed around inside the circle, she broke out, screamed "Daddy!" and ran to hug him before Amber, who was playing the Satanic character, pulled her away and back into the circle. I definitely cried.

Here's the thing. To my knowledge, I don't know that any of these kids have theater training. I know a number of the girls are very active in dance, but these are not the drama club nerds. I've seen it over and over again--kids you wouldn't normally see in an acting capacity get brought into a skit or drama for youth group, and they do a superb job. There's something about the sheer power of what's communicated through the drama that pulls in kids that you might never see on stage elsewhere.

This is proof to me that the arts have a very important place in the life of the church and that they can and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of "talent" or even interest. That's why someday I want a job with the words "worship" and "arts" in the title or description. There is a quality to the arts that is capable of transcending all sorts of boundaries and bringing people together for a common cause: in this case, for proclaiming a message of hope and redemption in Christ.


2 comments:

John Bryant said...

Why have the Christ figure put on the Suicide sign? I really liked it up until that point which felt odd to me.

Sarah said...

Ha honestly I didn't watch this thing all the way through...and that detail was not a part of the skit our youth did. Um yes you're right that is weird.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Turn Around

At CCC, the senior high youth from HCUMC performed a skit as part of the Friday night campfire. It was to the Bonnie Raitt song "Total Eclipse of the Heart." (Sidebar: if you haven't seen the YouTube video "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version," bookmark that link and watch it after you read this.)

The skit was incredibly moving, and the youth did a great job with it. I'll spare you a lengthy description and just direct you to the video below of another group performing it. The addition that really shook me is that the girl playing the main part was Tristan, and her dad was an adult leader at CCC; at one point in the part where she was being pushed around inside the circle, she broke out, screamed "Daddy!" and ran to hug him before Amber, who was playing the Satanic character, pulled her away and back into the circle. I definitely cried.

Here's the thing. To my knowledge, I don't know that any of these kids have theater training. I know a number of the girls are very active in dance, but these are not the drama club nerds. I've seen it over and over again--kids you wouldn't normally see in an acting capacity get brought into a skit or drama for youth group, and they do a superb job. There's something about the sheer power of what's communicated through the drama that pulls in kids that you might never see on stage elsewhere.

This is proof to me that the arts have a very important place in the life of the church and that they can and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of "talent" or even interest. That's why someday I want a job with the words "worship" and "arts" in the title or description. There is a quality to the arts that is capable of transcending all sorts of boundaries and bringing people together for a common cause: in this case, for proclaiming a message of hope and redemption in Christ.


2 comments:

John Bryant said...

Why have the Christ figure put on the Suicide sign? I really liked it up until that point which felt odd to me.

Sarah said...

Ha honestly I didn't watch this thing all the way through...and that detail was not a part of the skit our youth did. Um yes you're right that is weird.

 

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