By Michael Edgar Myers
A few summers ago, my theatrical agent called with a wonderful performance opportunity. A holiday season show. Christmastime. Six-to-nine weeks depending on rehearsals.
Actors hear two words at such a possibility. Especially during the holidays. "Ka-ching!"
Honestly, I was more excited about auditioning than getting the job. Auditions for me, for the professional stage, had been rare in recent years. Even though the role wasn't one I actually felt qualified for (if I was directing the show, would I have call ME to read?), being asked was exciting. I was new to the agency, trying to resurrect my career in a new season of life. Landing the job may earn me more opportunities and restore confidence.
It was good to be wanted. It was better to be hired. That's how I became associated with a holiday show we lovingly called, "Broadway on a Train."
by Michael Edgar Myers
We've made many discoveries about presenting theater during The Pandemic Era. Among the discoveries is the ability to "repurpose" -- that is, representing establish material in new medium.
Those who dwell in the house of social media forever are well-acquainted with the idea. It's why you have variations of a post in one medium designed anew for others, or multiple postings from a single source -- Facebook begats Instagram begats Twitter begats TikTok begats Pinterest begats...begats...begats...etcetera and....
For Kingdom Impact Theater, this repurposing has taken the form of revisiting stage scripts written a couple of decades ago, reading to see how the story and theology remains relevant over the years, then editing and presenting excerpts on "An Evening with Kingdom Impact Theater," the new program we developed for online presentation during the pandemic.
What began as a holiday experiment during the 2020 Christmas season has grown into a monthly commitment -- on each third Thursday -- that has not only stretched us technically as performers, but also provided unexpected witnessing and live presentation opportunities as churches have resumed in-person worship.
As a a result of viewing many churches online and attending several churches live during the pandemic of 2020, the KIT ensemble is rechristening "Sunday Worship Live!" as "Christ-Centered Worship."
The KIT ensemble leads worship following the Levites' example or ushering the congregation into the presence of God through a variety of expressions.
This range of interactions are designed to engage mind, body and soul throughout and beyond corporate meeting time. "Christ-Centered Worship" has four purposes:
It is not the easiest question to answer: “What do you want for Christmas?”
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.