Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rehearsal Needed for Role of Lifetime

Performers understand the concept of practice making perfect. For a major role, an actor will spend a lot of time reading the script, thinking about the character, and rehearsing lines. The goal is to have the character become second nature. The lines, mannerisms and actions all become part of the actor as he brings the character to life according to the vision of the author and director.
A musician will attack a solo performance the same way. Hours and hours of studying the score, memorizing the lyrics, practicing the notes over and over until the music becomes one with the soul.
How interesting it is, that performers who are Christians ofen do not think to apply the same discipline to their relationships with the Lord. Quiet time with the Lord takes a back seat to the hours honing the craft. Bible study and fellowship on Sunday morning are squeezed in between performances, auditions and sleep. And sharing the good news with others God puts in our path often is silenced for fear of offending or relegated to an "improv" routine.
Christians, however, should look at their place in the body of Christ as the role of a lifetime. You'll never be cast in a more important role with more potential to touch people's lives than as a son or daughter of Christ. Prepare for this role. Study the bible, which is your script. Commit passages to memory and be ready to draw on them when those "impov" sharing sessions happen. Spend time each day in prayer and meditation learning from the best director you'll ever have. And let this role become second nature so that all will be able to see the character as written by the creator and directed by the Lord. A standing ovation in heaven will be the reward.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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