God has given each of us gifts and it is our responsibility to use these gifts and talents for his glory. In LCS’s Drama Program we learn about people’s gifts through studying a wide variety of areas of theatre. In an open and accepting environment we learn to support each other and appreciate the individual gifts God has given us.
How do we balance showing our sinfulness with showing our faith? Without exploring sin, we miss the greatness of God’s grace. Both in the school play, and in classes we struggle with coming to a corporate decision about what is challenging and what is pushing limits for its own sake.
Students are asked to challenge themselves (in character choice and acting style), to challenge their audience (is this drama thought provoking? Innovative? Unique?) and them as a class (are there unique technical elements? Is this a challenging genre? Is this something we haven’t done before?).
Students are never forced to act in a way they feel uncomfortable with. We challenge skill, but never ask them to conflict their faith. Students in the lower levels who like to push are challenged with the questions: are you pushing to be pushy, or do you have something significant to say? In the upper grades, we address these issues both in verbal and written form, but students are challenged to find the answers themselves. In taking that journey, their final conclusion is much more personally meaningful than if we simply make the rules.