These students have learned about social media during the monthly team meetings and also about all the grunt work required to pull off IMPACT and Cornerstone Cares Day. Team members were "embedded" into different IMPACT teams earlier this week. Each shares their experience here today.
Katrina Heitz--The Drama Llamas
Do you remember what it was like to make believe as a child? One moment the floor could be lava and the next you could be soaring through the clouds of the back of an eagle. Anything was possible and it was completely natural because you were not trying to act. As we grow older, we forget how to transfuse ourselves into different narratives.
Ultimately acting is just people being people because once you begin trying to act, the story breaks down and the audience is lost. Ms. Samantha Marrow entered the acting master class with an unusual challenge: do no act. Instead of forcing a story, the drama llamas spent the day letting their emotions flow out in a natural progression, many times without speech, which if you know drama students can be a difficult task.
Every person has a story but the majority of the time we use non verbal or indirect language to convey our identity, struggles, and insecurities. By beginning the day with introductions, all through the rest of our time together, I began to see each member’s personal story transfused into their scenes. Without knowing that Kayla was a Disney fanatic, Paul is a musician, or that Olivia hopes to be a teacher I would have been oblivious to the minute differences in their emotions. Many times while walking through an improv activity frustration occurs because we expect our partner to respond to stimuli in the same way we would.
I remember as a new actor trying to plan what I should say next rather than listening to what my partner was saying. A disconnect is formed every time this happens because you begin to miss valuable insight from the other character eventually leading to the scene becoming unrealistic. Walking to the front of the room to participate in one of the improv scenes I was hesitant as to whether or not I should have volunteered. I mean this was not my actual team and what if I could not think of anything to say making a complete fool of myself.
After receiving our first line from the teacher, she reminded us, “Don’t act, simply listen and respond.” From that encouragement, we were able to create a beautiful skit portraying the heartbreak of friendship in which we both poured in personal emotions. The scene was a huge success because we allowed our pasts and hopes that shape our mind to also shape our acting.
I believe Ms. Sam is correct in her assessment that acting is people being people, therefore, actors must find themselves in their characters to draw them into life rather than just words on a page. Writer compose plays in ways people would truly respond, thus to be an effective actor, you must first be self-aware of your own emotions and able to have compassion for others.
Josh TeBeest & Read Walters--Project Barnabas
On Monday we traveled with the Barnabas IMPACT group to Calvary Children’s Home in Powder Springs, Georgia. The Barnabas team is all about serving others and went to help in any way they could. When we arrived, the staff told us all about the history of the ministry.
Calvary Children’s Home was founded by a man who felt that God had placed a calling on his life to care for children whose parents could not. Reverend Ben Turner had two life changing experiences that led him to establish the home in 1966. He was in Jerusalem when a woman approached him, accompanied by her five starving children. She then attempted to sell him one of her children, desperate to feed her other kids.
Turner was shocked and the event continued to weigh heavily on his mind after he returned to the states. Soon after he returned, both parents of a six child family were killed in a car crash. Seeing how much the children were suffering as they were separated to be cared for caused Turned to decide to take action. Calvary Children’s Home was founded soon afterwards. From that point, the home has flourished and has now taken care of over four hundred children over its history, all while only being supported by donations.
Being able to see the Children’s Home, I was truly blessed and inspired. I had never been to an orphanage before. Listening to the stories, I realized just how passionate they were about serving God through caring for the children.
Many of the kids have had to undergo some terrible experiences and would not be growing up in a good home if not for both the staff and the people who donate. Knowing that there are organizations such as Calvary Children's Home placed a sense of gratitude in my heart. Often times, it is not what you do that impacts others, but it is how you do it that leaves an everlasting impression.
In the four hours that the team was there, they worked to spread mulch around many of the buildings and helped to organize some of their storage. We were told by those that worked for the home what a blessing our team was.
According to Calvary Children’s Home, our impact group worked a total of 50 man hours. The Barnabas Project was able to do work that would have been a huge project for the staff in a few hours, enabling them to focus on the most important part of the home - The Children.
Grant followed the Video Heroes team and he made the following video to document his day.
Hands on Learning
Our University-Model® schedule allows families and students more time to pursue these opportunities and make an IMPACT on the world around them. Visit one of our monthly Information Meetings to learn more.