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Drawing Biblical Truths from Secular Plays


How do you choose what play you will perform?
We choose to perform plays with thought-provoking themes, whether serious or light-hearted, and whether full-length or one-act, that we personally enjoy. We do not choose plays that we think will be easy to attribute a moral to. Once we choose the play that perked our interest, we ask ourselves, 'What aspect of humanity did this play capture that caused our initial interest?" Once we answer the question as to why it had been interesting in the first place, we begin drawing the lessons we can find, using Scripture as our foundation for explanation.

What is a Company of Strangers show like?
You will not see a "different" version of the actual production than you would see anywhere else. We want the story to remain as true to the art form as possible! There are no interruptions or special deliveries. Before the show begins, and after general announcements, we will open in prayer. You are welcome to participate if you wish, but you do not have to. After the prayer, we will read a portion of our prepared theological and philosophical analysis of the first half of the play to help prepare you for what you are about to see. We encourage you to weigh what we have analyzed against what conceptions you might draw on your own during the show. After intermission, the second half of the analysis is read to prepare you for the second half of the play, and again, we hope you will filter the show through what we explain as well as what you might conclude. After the show, you are invited to stay and meet the cast to continue discussion with them about their characters. In this way, we hope to sharpen your critical thinking skills. 

Do you have to be a Christian to audition?
No, you don't. The Company merely seeks actors who are good at the art of acting. As a Company actor, you will only be required to adhere to moral conduct during rehearsals and performances, the same as you would be requred to behave for any other community project. In addition, Company Christian actors are not to shun or belittle a fellow non Christian actor, the same as they would not be permitted to shun or belittle a fellow non Christian employee in the workplace. However, though the Company mission is not evangelism and rather to perform good art, our thought-provoking Scriptural analysis read to the audience will be strictly Christian in each instance; furthermore, some rehearsals will be prefaced with prayer, each performance will be prefaced with prayer, and the Company will allow respectful religious discussion between actors offstage during rehearsal and performance waiting periods if they so desire, so you must be comfortable working in such an environment. The Company is also not responsible for conduct from any Christian or non Christian current and past actor in their private lives, nor does the Company represent any staff member's personal sentiments made in their private lives. Everyone will be treated equally. 

How old do you have to be to audition?
All ages are welcome to audition. Children 15 and under are usually considered for young children's roles, and 15 and up are considered for adult roles, but roles are determined primarily from physicality and maturity.

What is an audition experience like with the Company?
Audition opportunities will be offered multiple times for the same show, but you only should attend one. If you are under driving age, a parent or guardian must be present with you. You (and your parent or guardian if applicable) will be asked to sign a covenant of agreement and a contact information sheet. You will be given material to review and read either back and forth with the director or with other actors.

Do you require a monologue?
No, but it is highly encouraged, especially if you've never worked with us before., because it gives us the opportunity to see your memorization, your dilligence, and your ability to interpret drama on your own. If you choose to do a monologue, it should be a 30-60 seconds long recitation from a play other than the one you're auditioning for. Sonnets or classic poems are also acceptable. It may not be from a movie, TV show, famous speech, or other form of audible media.

Where do you perform your shows?
We have performed in all kinds of locations - full stages, coffee shops, churches, even consigmnet shops. We have done walk-through dramas, interactive theater, and your everyday theater set-up, and we have performed for audience sizes ranging from 2 to 100 per show. The Company performs at any venue available to reach people, and we will adapt accordingly to what we are privileged to work with. it is not about the size or the glamour, but it's about the quality as well as the emotional and spiritual impact.

What is a rehearsal schedule like with the Company?
Official rehearsals will begin about a month after the cast list is posted, but a read-through day, where cast members can meet each other and get a handle on character development, might happen sooner. You are required to memorize as much as possible of your part BEFORE the first day of official rehearsals. Typically, rehearsals 2-3 times a week, with possible extra rehearsals during the week according to availability for leads., and they run between 5-7 weeks before tech week begins, when everyone will be required to attend rehearsals each night until the opening show.

Other shows I've been in don't require memorization before the first day of rehearsals. Why do you have memorization beforehand?
Memorizing beforehand saves much time during actual rehearsals, when we should be concentrating on blocking and polishing character development. Instead of having rehearsals over a span of two or more months each day of the week, our method allows a more leisurely schedule. It relieves the stress of driving to and from countless rehearsals where you feel you're wasting more time sitting waiting to be called upon anyway. Those who complete their memorization beforehand, or at least most of it, have an enjoyable experience at a good pace and do not feel harried. The system works well when individual responsibility is taken seriously, and especially when actors are proactive with practicing with each other on their own as their schedules allow.

How many times a year do you do a show?
Our goal thus far is to perform four shows a year, one each season.

How much do tickets cost?
It will depend on the show. Check the site or Facebook Page for more information concerning particular shows as they come up.

Do you pay your crew?
So far, actors and staff members operate on a volunteer basis. All proceeds from donations go to the production costs of the show.

Do you charge money to be a cast member?
No. We make our money through our ticket sales, program ads, concessions, and donations.

I want to help backstage, not as an actor. May I?
We are always looking for help! If you think you'd be a good fit, click here to fill out an application form.

May I bring friends from the audience backstage on performance night?
Part of the art of theater is the element of surprise and mystery of the imagination. We don't permit family or friends to go backstage to hang out with the cast except in cases with young children actors who may need a parent with them. Cast members are not allowed to leave backstage to mingle with the audience once seating has begun. Make sure you bring water and snacks so you are not tempted to leave! Unless it's an emergency, this same rule applies during intermission. Cast members may and are encouraged to mingle with the audience after the show is over.

May the audience film or take pictures?
The audience may not film at any time. If it is a royality-free production, the audience may take pictures without a flash. DVDs of certain performances will be available from The Company for purchase or with a donation.