The BMCU theater program offers many opportunities for students to exercise their talent and share the gospel with others. At BMCU, the theater program’s focus is honoring God and what He has done. Ms. Mitchell, head of the BMCU program, says, “In everything I teach and direct my goal is always to give God the glory and share the gospel.” Every student is invited to find a place to plug in to the theater program and its projects!
The theater program puts on a show each semester. Some plays produced are comedies or dramas and some are mysteries with audience participation. The program also holds special events such as “Literacy on the Lawn” for the children in the community. Literacy on the lawn is a project worked on by the theater majors and minors in the theater department. After the play is prepared, children from local schools come to watch the play put on by BMCU students, learning about theater and other selected themes. Literacy on the lawn offers unique opportunities for BMCU students to present to a younger audience and gives local children an opportunity to encounter theater for perhaps the first time.
In addition to local school outreach, the theater program also has a traveling theater team called Impact. Scholarships are offered to non-theater majors as well as theater majors to be on the team. Students in Impact “not only travel to perform productions, but [also… travel] to see professional productions in the area,” stated Mitchell.
Mrs. Mitchell discussed how theater is a special artform, saying, “actors are their art by using their voices, movements, and emotions to tell a story.” When considering joining the program as a major, Mrs. Mitchell wants students to know that “we have a lot of fun, and we are very family-oriented. We care about each other, and we strive to be excellent as we learn the craft of theater and serve the community.”
This fall semester, the theater program is about to start working on the play The Gift of the Magi. Ms. Mitchell stated, “the play is based on a short story by O. Henry, and it is a sweet story about the sacrifices made for true love.” The shows will be held on November 15 at 11:30 a.m. and November 16 –17 at 6:30 p.m. in Garrett auditorium.
If any students are interested in taking part in theater productions, feel free to email Ms. Mitchell at CMitchell@bmc.edu.