Faith-Based Youtheatre Workshop Set

BEMUS POINT – Family Life will hold its five-day Youtheatre Workshop, July 21-25, at Bemus Point United Methodist Church, 4954 Bemus-Ellery Road. The workshop is a Christian-based, collaborative program aiming to help young people, ages 8-15, explore their artistic talents, use their God-given creativity and learn about Jesus Christ.

Taught by Family Life performing art instructors, 60 young drama students will focus on acting, stagecraft, makeup, costuming and voice. Full theatrical productions are a part of the workshop experience, building confidence, teamwork skills, and giving students the opportunity to put their talent and imagination to work. Workshop sessions are every morning, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On Friday, July 25, the last day of the workshop, students will showcase their impressive week of learning with a musical production of “iAM” written by Cyndi Nine, Rob Howard and David Guthrie of Little Big Stuff Music. Friday’s performance will be held at 11 a.m. at Bemus Point UMC. Admission is free.

“iAM” takes place in an “app factory” where Solomon, the lead designer, is creating a brand new app called “iAM” for kids everywhere. The new and wonderful technology allows kids to learn the truth about God. However, along the way, Solomon realizes his app isn’t enough. To know God, they must seek a real life, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The musical allows kids to enjoy incredible songs, an engaging story, and fun dances all filled with the truth of the Gospel.

“Each student works incredibly hard on and off stage singing songs, memorizing lines, and learning how to work together,” says Robbie Lindmark, dramatic and artist director at Family Life Performing Arts. “The most satisfying part for me is watching these young kids discover their abilities and find new ways of making the Bible come to life.”

Workshop registration is $99 per student and $85 for each additional sibling. Call 1-800-927-9083 or visit www.fln.org to register. Only 60 youth ages 8-15 are accepted for the workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes fill quickly.