Jaimee Paul

June 5 & 6, 2015

December 12 & 13, 2014

The creative talent found within the body of Christ is boundless and rivals any talent that is measured by worldly standards.  Too often, this talent is a secret only known to those who create it, either in their own garages, basements or studios. 

​ It is our desire to display that talent so others may view the talent God has gifted individuals with. The result is tonight, the Festival of Creative Arts.  We hope you enjoy the evening and the talent displayed here tonight.  So many are gifted in various ways, it has been our pleasure and an honor to accept the pieces displayed.   

Please take the time to study each piece, read the descriptions in this book if available and meet the artists who created them.  We pray the Festival of Creative Arts will become an annual highly anticipated event. 
December 14 & 15, 2013
Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Even though they don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore.

Women Who Dare to Believe

A MUSICAL by BONNIE KEEN and NAN GURLEY
Produced and Arranged by JAMES HOLLIHAN

Two veteran actresses, Bonnie Keen and Nan Gurley, bring to life 21 women of the Bible in story form, music and interaction with the audience. The stories of women who dare to believe in God will inspire men, women and children in today’s life much like the inspiration they provided in their day and time.

With cutting-edge dialogue, original music and creative interaction with the audience, this 90-minute musical will inspire viewers with the stories of women who dared to believe and pushed against the pressures and culture of their day.

The scarlet thread of hope runs through the stories of Rahab, Tamar, Leah and Rachel, Deborah and Esther, Anna and Mary. Like women today, these women knew this was their hour, this was their moment.

On a bare stage, two women using 20 feet of scarlet fabric leave audiences breathless with the stories of the blood of Jesus running through time from the Garden to the empty tomb.

Welcome BACK STAGE!  Here you will find some of the things that have come through The Arts Place, an archive of sorts.  Sometimes it’s just fun to read about the things you have missed!

BACK STAGE.....

June 4, 2016

The audience’s help is needed to solve the baffling theft at Shady Acres, a cozy hotel tucked away in the remote English countryside in the late 1920s. 

     The hotel staff is frantically preparing for the arrival of their most prestigious guests ever — the wealthy and famous Fairfaxes from America.  Everything seems to be going awry as the hotel is turned topsy-turvy with zany activity.  Finally, hotel manager Mr. Clifford manages to usher the English Tea Garden tour group out of the lobby early and to straighten out the confusion between the Fairfaxes and the Brighthams, another pair of wealthy guests. 

     Just when he thinks everything is going smoothly, Mrs. Fairfax’s valuable diamond necklace is stolen!  Who could it be?  And who is the mysterious man lurking about who signed the hotel register as Mr. X?  The police discover that practically everyone at the hotel has a motive. 

     Having a flamboyant but ineffective detective and her assistant arrive on the scene competing to solve the case first only makes matters worse.  Good thing the audience is there to help point out the clues and analyze characters’ motivations.  This light-hearted 'whodunit' has enough twists and turns to make anyone smile! 

The Youth Company and The Junior Company join together once again to present this evening of Christmas cheer.  With your host Ben Anderson, and special guests Jaimee Paul and Forrest Hill.








 


An evening filled with a variety of sketches, answering many of the questions you may have had about Christmas, such as:  "Why do we only bring out the Nativity once a year," and "What's the best Christmas movie of all time?"  


Don't miss this fun evening of Christmas entertainment.

CACTUS JACK

When Cactus Jack (Samson) fell for Suzette (Delilah), a woman from the Valley of Silver Dollar City, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn't take long for the rich and powerful Town Council (Philistine rulers) to learn of the affair and immediately pay a visit to Suzette.. Hoping to capture him, the Town Council offered Suzette a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Cactus Jack’s great strength.

Using her powers of good cooking and deception, Suzette persistently wore down Cactus Jack with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information. Having taken the Boot Swallar vow at birth, Cactus Jack had been set apart to God. As part of that vow, his mustache was never to be cut.

While Cactus Jack slept on her lap, Suzette called in a co-conspirator to shave off his mustache. Subdued and weak, Cactus Jack was captured.

Rather than killing him, the Philistines preferred to humiliate him by gouging out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in The Silver Dollar City prison. As he was there, his mustache began to grow, but the careless Town Council paid no attention. And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence, Cactus Jack’s heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God—a first—and God answered.

Cactus Jack escaped from the prison cell and was on a rampage through the center of town.   He killed everyone in the town and as Sheriff Amos Lee and he end up in a dual, they both find their death at the hand of the others gun.   Through his death, Cactus Jack destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.

Presented by:


The Junior Company


and


The Youth Compa​ny

Special performance by:


The Little Company


The kingdom of Glump has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a lack of taste!  Not only is he an egotistical hypochondriac, he has three "lovely" daughters who are quickly becoming chips off the old blockhead.  The emperor and his family are so busy mismatching their wardrobe, the rest of the kingdom is in a shambles.  Enter two con artists who devise an ingenious plan for fleecing the emperor.  Their pitch:  a magic cloth which appears invisible to people unworthy of their position.  Naturally, everyone chooses to "see" the magic cloth, until the innocent candor of a child "reveals all."  The emperor is shamed into reforming his leadership role in society, and his spoiled daughters learn a valuable lesson in humility.

May 18, 2012

December 14 & 15, 2012

While rehearsing for their sixth annual Christmas Pageant, with Mrs. Barrington Constantly re-writing the script, actors being dropped from the cast and the assistant director taking matters into her own hands...this dysfunctional community theatre of Barrington Hills finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas

June 1, 2013

Appleville is a small, peaceful town, but you sure wouldn’t know it around Christmastime!  Stress and distress run high each year for Amanda MacAfee, director of her church’s annual Christmas pageant, as the OTHER church in town puts on their ever-expanding Christmas pageant with real animals, amazing costumes, and even flying angels.  Knowing she will never beat them at the same old game, Amanda decides this year will be different!  Instead of telling the traditional story of the manger and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, she will instead present a reenactment of the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with plenty of poultry...  and an unlimited potential for disaster! Thankfully, her son Adam, wise beyond his years, is making a traditionally simple and beautiful plan of his own (just in case!)  with the help of his friends.  While leaping lords, dancing ladies, and Mrs. McIlhaney — a real cow — wait in the wings, Adam and his friends lead Amanda and all of Appleville back to the true reason the angels sang that Christmas night so long ago.

December 9 & 10, 2016

The Christmas Show

The Princess Who Had No Name

Weave together the feel of a classic fairy tale, the delight of a fractured fairy tale and the fun of a mystery in need of solving, and you can’t go wrong with this hilarious, expertly-woven romp!  When a girl wakes up alone in a tower in the forest, she has no memory of her past.  She can’t remember where she’s from or how she got there.  She can’t even remember her own name!  All alone, she embarks on a journey to recall her past.  Along the way, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few.  Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that intertwines and helps our fair maiden recall her own story, eventually revealing her true identity as a princess.  Of course, her prince is desperately looking for her, but he seems to always be one step behind and inadvertently rescuing and winning the hearts of the wrong princesses!  With plenty of roles to go around and fun new takes on the stories everyone loves, the Princess’s quest to remember her true identity will keep everyone guessing to the happily ever after ending.

June 3 & 4, 2016

America’s legends come to life in this lively, delightful award-winning play that will appeal to all ages.  When P.T. Barnum arrives in town with his traveling troupe, the mayor isn’t so sure Barnum’s on the level.  So the master showman agrees to give a sample of his wares.  What follows is knee slappin’, foot stompin’, rip roarin’ fun, as some of the best loved characters in American folklore come to life to show us their stories.  As P.T. Barnum might say, prepare to be amused, amazed, astounded, edified and infinitely entertained.

A variety of entertainment featuring "The Youth Company" and "The Junior Company."  With productions such as "Christmas In The Windows" (TYC) and "Christmas Yard Display" (TJC).  "What Christmas Means To Me," "Saint Nick" and "Silent Night."  An Audience participation type evening challenging the audience to dig deep for their Christmas trivia.

November 3, 2012

​December 11 & 12, 2015


CACTUS JACK

When Cactus Jack (Samson) fell for Suzette (Delilah), a woman from the Valley of Silver Dollar City, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn't take long for the rich and powerful Town Council (Philistine rulers) to learn of the affair and immediately pay a visit to Suzette.. Hoping to capture him, the Town Council offered Suzette a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Cactus Jack’s great strength.

Using her powers of good cooking and deception, Suzette persistently wore down Cactus Jack with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information. Having taken the Boot Swallar vow at birth, Cactus Jack had been set apart to God. As part of that vow, his mustache was never to be cut.

While Cactus Jack slept on her lap, Suzette called in a co-conspirator to shave off his mustache. Subdued and weak, Cactus Jack was captured.

Rather than killing him, the Philistines preferred to humiliate him by gouging out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in The Silver Dollar City prison. As he was there, his mustache began to grow, but the careless Town Council paid no attention. And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence, Cactus Jack’s heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God—a first—and God answered.

 Cactus Jack escaped from the prison cell and was on a rampage        through the center of town.   He killed everyone in the town                      and as Sheriff Amos Lee and he end up in a dual, they both                        find their death at the hand of the others gun.   Through                          his death, Cactus Jack destroyed more of his enemies in                          this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all                      the battles of his life.

Forrest Hill