Trojan Women Review

Last night it was my second night selling tickets at Trojan Women, a Greek tragedy by Euripides. It is about the aftermath of the Trojan War. At this showing, I was given permission to watch it.

I got to say it was a well done production. The set looked like the ruins of Troy and represented Greek Tragedy well. The costumes reflected the time period. One of the most fascinating things about this production was the shadow interpreting. My school is well known for their ASL program. While people were talking on stage, there were interpreters on stage signing the lines. That was very fascinating to watch and I am glad the ASL program was honored in that way. I loved the incredible acting from the cast. One of the oddest things about Greek Tragedy is the chorus, which is very difficult to pull off, but they did a wonderful job.

One of the reasons why I am so glad I watched the show is because Ancient Greek shows is where theatre truly began. Greek tragedy is very different from what we know as tragedy today. In Greek tragedy, the main character is not an ordinary person. Instead, the main character is of nobility. There is only one plot, one setting, and one time. There is the odd chorus, which sometimes does not make any sense. I may be a musical person, but it is quite interesting being exposed to plays. Even though I am not as emotionally connected to a play, going to a play can be enjoyable.

Moving Up in Theatre

Tonight shall be quite exciting. Starting in 2013, I began to get more involved in theatre. Over the Fall, I signed up to be a usher at my community college. Coincidentally, the first show I ushered for was “Les Mis”.  I first saw the movie of “Les Mis” in December of 2012, but I became obsessed with the musical in 2013. So it was quite fitting that “Les Mis” was the first show I ushered for. I ushered twice for that show and later would usher at “Some Enchanted Evening”, which honors Rodgers and Hammerstein’s songs.  Starting in Fall of 2014, I decided to become an usher for Children’s Theatre. Now two years later, I am taking a different role in the theatre. Tonight, Gardner Webb is putting together a Greek Tragedy, Trojan Women. I am going to be selling tickets for all four days. I never thought I would be able to move up like that.

Importance of Sharing the Gospel

Yesterday, I attended my school’s student-led worship service. I learned the importance of sharing the Gospel through the sermon. Think about it: when was the last time you taught the Gospel? This is strongly important. There are several broken-hearted people out there who have not heard the story of the Gospel. People spend too much time focusing on themselves so they forget to spread the Gospel. We have an endless cycle of screwing up and repenting and never once do we spread the Gospel. The broken-hearted people who are good, but never heard the Gospel, will die, but never go to heaven. We need to stop making excuses for why we failed to do this. Some people live with a half-faith and live it just by going to church.

But the question is, how do we spread the Gospel? That is very challenging. We were called to spread the Gospel. We need to use our calling to help make a difference in other people’s lives. I know that my calling will help make a difference of those living in poverty and homelessness. I am hoping that the power of live theatre will transform them and help them find meaning in their life. I also am hoping it will help them get off the street. This calling will work out because I have faith that it will. I know this calling will not happen for several years from now.

Flying Leap of Faith

“Those who survived the exile and in the great province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire”. When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the Lord…I was cupbearer to the King.

-Nehemiah 1: Nehemiah’s Prayer

What does it mean to take a flying leap of faith? A lot of times in life, we let our fears get in the way and control our life and due to that, some of our dreams become broken and suffer because of it. Never get caught off guard by the fears, stressed, and worries of your life. Everyone is one this Earth for a reason and when we discover it, pursue it and allow it to happen.

Everyone feels like they are unqualified for their calling. That is true, but put your faith in God and allow him to equip you with the tools and skills you need to accomplish your calling. Just never think you are unqualified for your vision despite feeling that way. Sometimes I feel like I am unqualified to start a Nonprofit due to the risk involved and due to the fact that I don’t feel like a leader, but a follower instead. But I trust in God and will allow Him to give me the tools necessary to reach my dream job.

But what exactly is your calling? How do you know what that is? This can be seen by asking yourself “what problem can you see that needs to be solved?”. My calling is to give back to those living in poverty and homelessness. I was shocked to discover that that population took up the vast majority of those living in the world. People see those who are homeless as a problem and as a result, it makes the homeless feel useless and makes them feel like they don’t belong. I want to be able to give them equal opportunities in life and help find some kind of meaning. I understand the power of live theatre and I feel like they will really benefit from that. I hope that when they perform on that stage in either a play or a musical, I hope that they will able to get off the streets and find meaning for once in their life. My nonprofit will allow them to perform and will also maybe allow them to experience live theatre through an audience perspective.

The next question to think about is “what is it that your’e passionate about?” We all have passions. I am equally passionate about musicals and service. I may not show my love for volunteering much, but it is a passion and a calling. Musicals are just a passion of mine and nothing more. I may talk about them a lot, but my path was never leading towards musical theatre in the first place. It was leading me towards giving back to the less fortunate. I started to understand where my path was leading me when I first developed my passion for service back in high school. At the time, I wasn’t even passionate about musicals, but instead just a fan. It wasn’t until college that my appreciation for musicals turned into a passion all because of “Les Mis”, a musical I am still obsessed with.

Another question to think about is “what makes you sad, mad, and glad?” I never would have thought things that way. It is sad to think that so many people are living on the streets. People don’t seem to see the fact that they are humans too and deserve to have meaning in their life and a place to stay for the night. Volunteering and musicals make me happy and it is sad to think how society tends to label and treat the homeless and those living in poverty.

Never dismiss your vision. It will happen as long as you keep a faith in God. We need to step up and not let the devil control us. He will keep on putting fear and distress in our life, which will continue to make us more and more miserable. The devil puts false images in our mind, which are not true. Never let the devil win and allow God to enter your life. If you put your faith and commitment to God, then we will help us in our spiritual journeys. Having a flying leap of faith means take that step that will eventually lead you towards what you were called to do.

My Passion for Les Mis

“To love another person is to see the face of God”

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will raise”

-Les Mis: Finale

As many may know by now, when it comes to musicals, I am the most passionate about Les Mis. I still don’t know why that is, but do know why I love it is much. Les Mis is quite an unique musical that is so powerful, epic, and inspirational. You see people thriving in some of the most unfortunate situations ever and there is an uprising that students are passionate about and will fight to the end no matter what. That is what makes it such a passionate musical. Les Mis does not make me feel miserable ever even when I am feeling heartbroken or lonely or sad. You are feeling the character’s emotions at those moments and you also have joy experiencing those emotions due to a love you have for the show. Sometimes in heartbreaking situations, you do find happiness in one of the characters.

There is just something about Les Mis that is so captivating,  insightful, honest, soulful, and transforming. It is such a complex musical filled with so many wonderful layers and they make you truly get to know the different characters. This show is covered with several layers of emotions at such a deep level. The songs are brilliant and wonderfully reveal the depths of these characters. The plot, characters, and songs brilliantly work together.

This show represents the survival of the human spirit and despite the heartbreak, it is filled with hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, humanity and redemption. That shows the storyline is more then tragedy. I see it more inspirational then heartbreaking in my opinion. Yes, I know it is heartbreaking, but in fact understanding the inspirational world of the musical actually makes the heartbreaking nature stronger. Compassion is shown at heartbreaking moments such as death. Forgiveness and compassion is given to Valjean through the bishop who helps lead Valjean on a better path.

It seems like I am way too obsessed about this musical. But in reality, this musical truly has changed what I know about musical theatre. It made me look at the emotions differently. I can’t even describe how much the emotional nature of musicals changed after falling in love with this musical. If I have to pick a favorite character or song from this musical, I wouldn’t be able to.

What is it about the characters that makes so memorable? The reason why I love them so much is because they are so complex and strong. You see characters like Jean Valjean and Eponine raising above from their backgrounds. You get to see characters like Enjolras and the students who stand up for what they believe and stay passionate no matter what. There even is Fantine who lives for the sake of her daughter no matter what obstacles she faces. There is misery in all of the characters. The miserable are the wretched, the outcasts, and the fugitives. Some of them are tragic due to society and not their flaws. Fantine falls victim to how society treats women, Valjean falls victim to injustice due to his status of an ex-convict, and Eponine falls victim to how her parents raised her. But that doesn’t stop the characters from thriving or trying to become a better person.