Theater Arts

The Christian Academy of Louisville drama program was founded in 1981. Each year, two full-scale productions are staged: a mystery play in the fall and alternating family plays/musicals in the spring. Additionally throughout the years, high school drama students continue to perform chapel skits, children's stories for elementary, and improv, complemented by Theater Arts class for introductory acting and production skills. Though all ages may be involved with school productions, elementary students also participate in PAC (Performing Arts Club) and middle-school drama club students write, rehearse, and produce their own skits/plays.

Since 2010, the program has used the name DramatiCALs, indicating the ministry's mission statement: "Drama at CAL is whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (I Corinthians 10:31).


Looking Back on 'Wizard of Oz'


Looking Back on 'Number the Stars'

Number the Stars is a book by American author Lois Lowry about the escape of a Jewish family from Denmark during World War II. The story centers on ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who lives with her Christian parents and precocious younger sister Kirstie in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation. She risks her life to help her best friend, Ellen Rosen, by pretending that Ellen is Annemarie's late older sister Lise.

The story's title is inspired by a Biblical reference to God’s numbering of the stars in Psalm 147, also symbolized by the Star of David worn by Ellen on her necklace. The novel was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1990 as the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

--Psalm 147:3-4 (NIV)

The powerful message of the play reminds us that God not only knows us, He acts upon His love for us and encourages us to do the same in a practical manner for those in need: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." --Matthew 25:35 (NIV)


Looking Back on 'Anne of Green Gables the Musical'

When brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for. Due to a mix-up, they are instead left with the orphan girl, Anne Shirley, whom Mark Twain called "the most delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice." Over the course of six years, this romantic, hot-headed, and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of "kindred spirits."

This sparkling new musical offers great variety from the opening chorus number "Prince Edward Island," wherein we meet the townspeople of Avonlea, to the spirited "Charlottetown Rag." Other delightful songs include "Kindred Spirits" performed by Anne and Diana, "I Dare You," and the lilting "Green Gables." Eminently singable and easily staged, this humorous and heartwarming Anne of Green Gables is the ideal family musical.


Looking Back on 'Flowers for Algernon'


Looking Back on 'The Music Man'

An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

 


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