It is no secret that my daughters are Drama Queens. It is also no secret that I am a Jesus freak. So you can probably guess that supporting a ministry dedicated to theater arts while keeping a constant focus on God is high on our family’s list.
There are a multitude of children’s theater productions in the Portland metro area. I only know of one, however, that would rival any church youth group I’ve ever seen. Acting can be a cut-throat business, even for the youngest of thespians. Journey Theater Arts Group leaves out the “drama” of drama and ushers in grace.
Though faith the center of Journey’s core, none of the productions are necessarily “churchy”. My kids have participated in The Jungle Book, Suessical the Musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, Anne of Green Gables, and this season’s play, SNOOPY!!! (I’m not trying to shout – the title really has 3 “!!!”)
Participating audiences will see the dedication and professionalism each young actor exudes in every show. What they don’t get to see is the overwhelming support these kids give each other during rehearsal weeks. Kids ages 8 to 18 hang out with each other, pray for each other, write encouraging notes to each other, and provide absolute encouragement to one another. Everyone from the lead to the smallest ensemble role is included in the theater family.
If you’d like to be a part of this ministry, buy a ticket and come to a performance. You will be impressed at what these kids can pull off in just 6 weeks rehearsal time. Journey has 4 locations in our area; Beaverton/Hillsboro, Portland, Vancouver, and East Vancouver. Check out the website and see the variety of shows offered.
My 13 year old and my 10 year old will be playing the parts of Molly Volley and Lydia in the Beaverton/Hillboro production of SNOOPY!!! (again, not shouting) February 22, 23, and 24. Click on this link to buy tickets.
Maybe you have a young star of your own. Journey Theater Arts offers classes appealing to multiple interests. My girls are now taking “Broadway Bad Guys – How to Act Like a Villain.” Hmmm. I don’t think they dig too deep into their acting personas for that one.
If you do make it to a show, comment below or on my Facebook page to let me know. I’d love to see you there!