On Wednesday night at band practice our devotions were provided by Marjory Watson. We’d like to share these with you today.
I teach singing on a Musical Theatre Bachelor of Arts Programme.
A key term in musical theatre training is learning to be a ‘triple threat performer’, which means the ability to act, sing and dance to a high standard. This meaning, the more versatile you are the more likely you are to get a job.
When auditioning for the BA programme candidates have to perform 3 songs, 2 monologues and learn and perform a dance routine on the day. Basically, they are given the opportunity to demonstrate how skilled they are in each of the three disciplines. It’s quite intense and the pressure of the situation can be overwhelming for some, but for others it’s the time when all the hard work comes together and they give a good account of themselves.
If the candidate does well enough and gets through to the 3rd round of auditions we often ask the question – in what order would you place your skills? We should already have an idea of the answer from watching them but it’s also a useful insight into how they perceive their own skills, their strengths and weaknesses.
A bible verse that I reflect on regularly is Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8
Just as the performer needs to learn and practise the three core skills, we as Christians are given this template to help us learn and put into practise these 3 disciplines so we can live an authentic Christian life.
We, of course, could easily do a whole sermon series on this verse alone, but to summarise – action is needed. We need to respond in an intentional way…our behaviour, lifestyle choices, every part of our lives should be lived right. I wonder what order you would place the three in as you reflect on your own life?
The successful auditionee does not have to be perfect to gain a place. We’re looking for potential – not the finished product. The next 3 years are spent learning and practising the different disciplines, and in fact, that learning and growing never ends.
Likewise with us on our faith journey. We are not yet the finished product but by God’s Grace and Holy Spirit we are enabled to live a life that is pleasing to God.