The Swingles' Dramatic Developments
We perform, teach and speak around the world. This is a travelblog plus reviews and observations, living in New York City. To follow this blog, click the "Follow" link above. You can also receive updates quarterly or whenever the blog is updated. To subscribe go to:
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
What great reports!
I'm finishing up an independant film with Jed Kasica (John and Paula's son) here in St. Louis. Recently Mrs. Kasica reported that the doctors announced her sister's brain tumor was completely gone! As you may remember, we did an enacted prayer for her sister during improv worship on the fourth of July. God is so good.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Medford Friends Youth
Saturday, July 28, 2007
When I got to the airport today my flight was oversold, so I put my name on the list to get bumped. I was going to rent a car to see the preview performance and join you for worship tomorrow morning, but people didn't show up for the flight, so they forced me to board. The performance is going on as I write, so I've been lifting you up and will continue to do so tomorrow for the finale. Lord bless each of you!
Who let the dog in?
During our 10 hours of improv training from Mark Oppenlander at MasterWorks Omar kept reminding us of the importance of "Yes, and..." That's taking what comes and adding to it. Last night while performing Beyond the Chariots in Welling, Oklahoma, (the end of the Trail of Tears) I reached the scene in which Eric Liddell is in the hospital bed, dying. Just then, a dog yelped outside. I found out later it was Boots Barrington, who was picking a fight with a cat. I said, in my best educated Scots, "Who let the dog in?" The crowd burst into laughter, so I followed it up: "Don't let him get any of the rations!" Again they howled (but thankfully the dog had stopped). I capped it with, "Tell him he can catch the rabbits now." The audience laughed harder, which set up the poignancy of the rest of the scene like nothing else could.
Upstream of Nawlins
A great transition
Out with a bang!
Our students are now exploding into the world with freshly honed skills and dynamic inspiration.
Illuminate your campuses, theatre companies and auditions!
What an incredible culmination of a month's hard work. I couldn't be more proud of this amazing cast! I saw each of them grow so much artistically and in their relationships with the Lord. Their hard work really paid off. We had four solid performances, and people were thanking us for things in the play we hadn't seen ourselves. They did so well that next year I'm bringing in a casting director.
Friday, July 27, 2007
For our closing program we performed an hour of improv, then did almost three hours of enacted prayer! It was only interrupted by some fireworks and some improvisational worship.
It's not a comedy...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
What would you die for?
Dr. Kavanaugh then told the students they should know what they'd die for. Then he said, "Now ask yourself what you're going to live for." He encouraged us to spend our lives on people.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Dance Week is over
A piano tuner who loves Jesus
He was 16 when his village was completely wiped out by American B-17s. He put his hand over his mother's mouth to keep her from praying. He told her there was no God.
Years later he was in a Bible study to argue, but the leader was filled with so much love Mohr didn't know how to counter it with hate. The leader gave him a Bible and wrote his address inside, telling Mohr that one day he would write to say that he'd given his life to the Lord.
The Bible sat on his shelf for many years, but one day he opened it and started reading from page one.
By the time he read through Matthew he was ready to give his life to the Lord, but he didn't know how to pray, because all the prayers of his youth were written, and none of them fit. He remembered the thief on the cross and called out to Jesus: "Remember me!" He said, "The Lord changed my heart from a heart of hate to a heart of love."
If you've never asked the Lord to do that for you, click "My Passion" in the right column.
To find out more about Mohr's story, order his book, "My Life with the Great Pianists."
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
master classes for MasterWorks Theatre
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The round barn
Let's play trains
He urged us to consider how we can maximize our lives for Christ. People ask him when he's going to retire and he says, "When I go above!" We only have this lifetime to share God's love for the world.
For a season he felt compelled to share the Gospel every day. After one very long day he was climbing into bed and it occurred to him that he hadn't shared that day. He climbed into his car and drove to a gas station, where there was biker on his hog. Dr. Kavanaugh told him the situation and asked if he could share with the man. They both had a good laugh, but the man agreed to listen. After he heard about God's great love for him the man shared that he was on the way to commit suicide. He wasn't ready to commit his life to Christ, but it seemed clear that he would have many more years to think about it.
To find out more about God's great love for you, click here.