Editor’s Note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Elevate and the First Baptist Church of Geneva.
“Elevate” is the name of the performing arts ministry offered by First Baptist Church of Geneva. The program is open to children in 2nd grade through 12th grade, and it costs just $40 to participate.
Elevate’s spring production will be the musical “Peter Pan,” to be performed May 19-20 at the church’s West Campus at the corner of Peck and Keslinger roads in Geneva. Auditions for the show are just around the corner, Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 19, and FBCG would like to encourage all community kids to audition. Children don’t have to be a member of the church to participate, they just have to be interested in using their gifts to worship God through the performing arts!
As a parent who has a child interested in theater, but a parent also wary of a huge time commitment, here’s something that immediately jumped out at me about the Elevate program: Rehearsals are held just once a week, on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the West Campus. That means kids who are busy with sports, dance or other extracurriculars during the week can still participate in a theatrical experience.
About 80 kids usually perform in Elevate’s annual spring production, which has full costumes and sets. (Past productions have included “Beauty and the Beast,” “Godspell” and “Seussical.”) Every child who auditions will be cast in the show, although not everyone can have speaking parts. Part of the mission of the Elevate program is to help children experience the performing arts with the goal being the glorification of God, not themselves. So at the end of the performance, the children will lead the audience in a praise song, rather than taking bows.
To audition, children should have a song they can sing confidently. (Younger children often just sing “Happy Birthday.) They will also be given a monologue to read, and if your child would like to practice that ahead of time, you can find a link on the Elevate website at http://fbcg.com/connect/students/elevate/
You can learn more about Elevate here or get more details on the audition process by emailing Becky Chennault at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just let her know you heard about this neat program through Go West Young Mom!