When I was a freshman in high school, my friend A told me I should join her for Drama Club one afternoon. It sounded like fun. I had been in pageants in elementary school (thanks to my ability to memorize) and had also performed small roles in church for VBS and the like. I was scheduled for the Drama I class in the spring, so why not see what it was all about?
A couple days later after discussing it with my mom, I went to my first drama club meeting. And my life hasn’t been the same since.
I simply adore the theatre. I found something I feel like I excel at. Stage managing and other tech work are my passions – but I also really like performing. I’ve come out of my shell a bit. I’ve been able to help put on some really amazing works. I’ve been able to collaborate with some really talented individuals. I’ve learned new things about myself. I’ve met some wonderful friends.
Oh, and of course, it’s how I met my husband.
I find that so amazing, and here’s why: I always had a hard time marrying my love of all things theatre with my faith. Often enough, the theatre community is a very secular environment. And yet, such a tight-knit and amazing community that expresses all the ups and downs of the human condition. I wanted so much for my Christian friends to understand that world, just as much as I want my theatre friends to know the love of Christ. I fought with whether or not being involved in theatre was really what was best for me.
Even so – God puts desires and dreams on our heart for a reason. I’ve always felt drawn to the creative. I love the arts for their ability to really dig into our deepest fears, hopes, dreams, desires, etc. You name it, and there is a song written about it, or a play to be acted about it, or a painting depicting it. I think these talents flow from God. Yes, the arts can be used for good or for ill. However, I feel like just being part of a community like the theatre community is a piece of my calling. I try to live my life by this quote from St. Francis: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
What finally made it clear to me that this was part of my ministry was the fact that I met an amazing Godly man in the secular theatre world! Not in church. Not at a singles ministry get together. I met him in the heat of summer in a green room. I was broken, he was broken, and we were trying to listen to God’s will in our lives. Isn’t that awesome? I mean that in the original definition: Doesn’t that just inspire awe within you? It sure does for me.
During rehearsals for the show that started it all. Oh, those two kids have no idea what God is about to do in their lives!
I always get a kick out of pictures of The Nerd as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.