The Christian Academy of Louisville drama program was founded in 1981. Each year, two full-scale productions are staged: a mystery play in the fall and alternating family plays/musicals in the spring. Additionally throughout the years, high school drama students continue to perform chapel skits, children’s stories for elementary, and improv, complemented by Theater Arts class for introductory acting and production skills. Though all ages may be involved with school productions, elementary students also participate in PAC (Performing Arts Club) and middle-school drama club students write, rehearse, and produce their own skits/plays.
Since 2010, the program has used the name DramatiCALs, indicating the ministry’s mission statement: “Drama at CAL is whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31).
Don’t Miss the DramatiCALs Presentation of “It was a Dark and Stormy Night”
Friday, October 15, 2021: 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2021: 2 and 7 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2021: 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 23, 2021: 2 and 7 p.m.
Promo Video Here
All seats are $10; General Admission.
Tickets can be purchased online at cal.booktix.com, in the high school Media Center or at the door.
The year is 1938 and radio serves as the daily source of entertainment for all ages. Director Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds broadcast creates chaos. Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen makes America laugh at the antics of his dummy Charlie McCarthy. The Shadow sneaks into the homes of listeners across the nation. Families gather each evening to share in the stories of suspense and silliness, commercials included.
From the parlor/studio of his mansion, 1930s radio star Sam Slaughter believes he is in complete control, writing and performing his own stories on his self-titled and top-rated program. To remain at the peak of popularity, Sam pursues his motto of “out with the old, in the new” regardless of who gets hurt. He may not make many friends, but he does have his fans.
His cast and crew know who’s the boss and submit to his demands with the exception of Sheila Sylvester, Sam’s former girlfriend, who pays him a visit. Not long after, disappearances ensue and the body count begins, often while the show is live. Whodunnit? That is for the audience to determine and the detective to reveal.
Sam confuses what should be made new, choosing selfishly instead of wisely, neglecting to realize the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone; the new is here.” (NIV)
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night reflects the season’s theme in an unexpected manner, as a replacement for a previously chosen fall play. Even with the sudden change, our daily rehearsals have been filled with laughter and perhaps too many moments of improv. However, anything new is hopefully still grounded in the truth of the One who remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.
As always, the show must go “on the air.”
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