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Amanda7Fox

Amanda7Fox

Hello ladies!
I am about to go to college and had some questions about Christian conduct in theater. Nearly every show I’ve ever done has been children’s theatre, so I haven’t had to worry about anything questionable. Even when I’m in college, I plan to steer clear of any shows with content that is not of God.
My question is, what about the little things, like language or inappropriate comments in an otherwise okay show? I know you have to be in character while in a show, but I also feel that “it was just a show” won’t really be a suitable answer to God.
So, to my theatre sisters, do you have a good way of getting around things like language or risque costumes? And what do you think about stage kissing?
Thank you lots 🙂

May 15, 2015 at 07:05
NerdyChick334

NerdyChick334

With the costuming, I now that actors and actresses can make requests because we do want you to be comfortable. But at the same time, if you aren’t willing to look the part, say you’re playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, or speak the way the character speaks, why are you bothering to act? Sorry if that’s harsh but that’s the way it is. i do think that the most important part of a production is to tell a story and have it impact the audience in some way. Some things must be inappropriate in order to do that. Life is inappropriate, and so art is too. i am personally a more liberal Christian than most girls on here, so I don’t believe God has qualms with us doing things onstage to convey a message. I believe acting does involve a separation between you and the character even though you must put a part of yourself into the role. And I don’t think God would frown on us saying, wearing or doing these things that church usually calls inappropriate. I think God wants authenticity and a caring for humanity more than purity. So I say pray about it, think over it. Consider all the things done on stage you might have to do in order to be an actress and your comfort level in doing them. Good luck and God bless!

June 27, 2015 at 11:37
SoZo

SoZo

Amanda! I’m also in a similar situation. I recently auditioned for an Acting course at a college and got in. I’ve had to contemplate these same questions and these are the answers I found. Firstly, stage kissing. I wouldn’t do it. I’ve never been kissed and I intend to save it for my wedding day, therefore kissing a guy I’ve never met is a no. I think a kiss is a kiss, and whatever people might say about it not being you, I know from experience, and I’m sure you do too, that when you’re acting you are not separate from yourself, you are there and conscious of what you are doing. So we can’t excuse ourselves, like you said, and say it wasn’t me it was the character. Secondly, swearing. I think that if you play an ignoble character for the sake of a noble play or it has a good moral storyline, a little swearing is ok. But I would never use God’s name in vain. And perhaps if the script uses strong language you could ask the teacher if you could swap it out for milder language? Thirdly, clothing. I think this can be thought of the same as the swearing, an ignoble appearance for a good story can be justified. I think it is important to do everything to the glory of God and to let him guide you in every situation, so I would encourage you to pray in every instance. These are the guidelines I hope to, God willing, abide by. I hope they are are useful to you. And congratulations on reading so far! 😀 xxx

July 5, 2015 at 12:15
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