Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Multiply Your Talents for the Lord

Easter is over, and now that you’ve acted in the drama, performed in the pageant, written the sketch, run the video, adjusted the sound on endless microphones and moved that last prop, learn how to do it all even better!

Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your talent at this year’s Lillenas Drama Arts Conference April 24-26 in Kansas City. It’s really one of the best conferences around (and that endorsement comes from someone who has been to a lot of conferences!) The instruction is topnotch (OK, I’ve said that even when I’m not one of the workshop presenters… really!) and it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from drama teams all over the country.

This year’s keynote speaker is TV and film actor and writer Henry O. Arnold, who co-wrote and produced the film “Second Chance” with Michael W. Smith. Also on board are exceptional director Deborah Craig-Claar, comedian Robert G. Lee, dramatist George Halitzka and artist Ben Glenn, just to name a few.

Grow the talent God has given you in workshops like:

· Acting & Directing for the Camera
· Acting Basics
· Freeing the Actor's Voice
· Building a Dynamic Team
· Emergent Drama
· Stage Management
· Copyright and Royalty Issues
· Church Audio for Dummies 101
· High Definition Video
· Master Sketch Writing
· Writing Great Drama Sketches

For the full list of presenters, schedule and registration information, go to:

A special offering, Designing a Worship Service as a Team that starts one day early on April 22, is almost full, so register right away.

Don’t throw away this opportunity to add to the talents the Lord has given you!

Other Christian Arts News
· “The Screwtape Letters” from Fellowship for the Performing Arts starring Max McLean opens in Washington, DC next month at the Harman Center of the Arts. The production of C.S. Lewis’ work recently sold out 12 weeks Off-Broadway in New York. For information, go to http://www.fpatheatre.com

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Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

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Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

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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All contents copyright © Lauren Yarger 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. All rights reserved. For reprint permission, contact masterworkproductions@yahoo.com.

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