2018 Inspo for Artists

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2018 Inspo 

For Artists 

Having an ability to communicate emotions and stories through a medium of song, the written word, colour and movement is what makes one an artist.

We are not crowned artists by what we are payed, who approves of us and how many people hit ‘like’ on our art. We are defined by our passion and persistence to tell stories, express emotion and challenge the world around us. We do not need be expressing the darkness that lays dormant but bringing to life the light and love that this planet needs.

Everybody has a decision with the skills the good Lord gave. To use them for good or to use them for selfish gain. Every time we open our mouth, open our laptop, turn on the amp and start a fresh canvas, we have a decision to make. What am I going to create? In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and it was good. the decision is easy, create something good. We are made in his image to be like him and in him is the ultimate source of good ideas and creativity. This year I beseech you to use your artistry to serve, to love and to create goodness, kindness and to carry a message of hope. The world needs it, the world needs you.

Creative Shenanigans

It’s been a while between blogs so here’s a bit of an update on what’s been happening at Alabaster Theatre. In October 2016 we went to Light of the World Festival. Our younger class took to the stage for their performance of You Make Me Brave and they did such a great job! For most of the students, it was their first time on a big, public stage with a huge crowd so it was pretty exciting for them.

Our adult class also performed a drama of a modern-day story of Jesus, set to music and followed by an original spoken word piece. Over the holiday season, our team had several performances around the community.

We sang Christmas carols at Eats & Beats in Jimboomba and the Berrinba Wetlands with special appearances of Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen! One of the nights saw some of our team having a performance in Jimboomba followed by one in Logan at Activate Youth shortly afterwards...talk about quick costume changes!

Alabaster has run musical theatre workshops on the Gold Coast with Australian Christian College and also locally. In these workshops, along with vocal, choreography and acting instruction, students were taught about the audition process (this came in handy when Mansoul auditions commenced). Alabaster was booked for a Nativity performance at local Christmas carols and students of all age groups spent lots of time rehearsing. When the day arrived we were all in costume, rehearsed and ready to go when, at the last minute, a huge storm cell thundered over the city and the carols were cancelled. We ended up filming a Christmas carol video for our Alabaster supporters and families, so all of our rehearsing and time wasn’t put to waste!

The start of 2017 was all about Mansoul the Musical and Alabaster Theatre’s first tour! Our team spent many hours preparing for what was an amazing week. We saw God move in so many ways and His favour was certainly all over all that we did. We performed Mansoul for pastors and principals at a private showing, students and teachers at Parklands Christian College, a matinee and night show at the Kingston Butter Factory Theatre and to Champions Church over one big week. The cast and crew were fantastic and we had such an amazing time.

In the next blog, you will find out all about what Alabaster is doing right now and how you can get involved. If you aren’t following Alabaster Theatre on Facebook or Instagram, head over to see photos from all of our projects and like us to keep informed!

You Make me Brave Performed by Gabriel Blase and Bella Abolins 

You Make me Brave Performed by Gabriel Blase and Bella Abolins 

Performing at Activate Youth

Performing at Activate Youth

Australian Christian College Workshops

Australian Christian College Workshops

Ticket Booth for Mansoul the Musical Tour

Ticket Booth for Mansoul the Musical Tour

You Make Me Brave

“Be strong and courageous” appears more than a few times in the Bible. Sometimes though, it’s hard to be courageous on our own and we need help to be brave. 

Psalm 138:3 says, ” In the day when I cried out, You answered me and made me bold with strength in my soul.” (NKJV)

God knows us. He sees us and He hears us. When we talk to Him, we can be assured that He is paying attention. At Alabaster Kids, our students have been working on a dance to the song You Make Me Brave, by Bethel. The lyrics unfold in expressing God being for us and not against us.

In Matthew 14, Peter stepped out of a boat, walked on water and made his way to Jesus who also was on the water. Peter took his eyes off Jesus and set his gaze on the storm, fear gripped him and he began to sink! Peter cried out to Jesus. The scripture says “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Immediately. He didn’t leave it until the last moment where Peter was certain he would die. Jesus helped him immediately when Peter cried out. It’s a choice, really.

You can stay where you are and let the fear win, or you can step out in boldness and go somewhere you may have never been before. If it’s too hard to muster the courage on your own, all you have to do is call out to Jesus and ask Him to help you. He’s there. He’s listening. He sees you and He wants to make you brave.

Alabaster Theatre will be performing You Make Me Brave at the Light of the World Festival on Sunday the 30th at Mabel Park State High School.

For more information head to lotwfestival.com

LEE

 

You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the promises you made

 

Side Effects

Have you ever been prescribed drugs and proceed to very carelessly take them without reading the side effects? You then reach some point of boredom and decide to read the box of pills only to find some rather extreme side effects written in fine print. 

I have just returned from two back to back conferences and its taken me a couple of days to soak everything in. There has been incredible speakers, so much wisdom and leadership poured into my life. I feel as though my brain has been submerged into deeper waters and has come out changed. What I really want to share though is that idea of side effects.

Being in over 10 worship sessions with the body of Christ over the past ten days has left some unexpected side effects. The Word is so rich in revelation, each song I put on makes my spirit soar. More than anything I am so very aware of the presence of God in and around me. David says it like this      

 

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up, you are still with me!

 

In every moment, on every occasion worship him. Be it to music, in a conversation or acknowledging him in the room. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us and so any other experience is just a feeling. There is so much to discover about the presence of God. I have walked away from being in His presence with an unshakeable belief that he is always near. 

 

Bethany

Meet Essie

Behind every Alabaster production there is a team of hardworking people doing above and beyond to make things happen. Every now and then in this blog, we will be featuring them! This is to help our followers get to know us better. One of these people is Essie. Essie has been working with Alabaster from the start and we don’t know what we would do without her!

Advertising, fundraising, location scouting, sound and lighting, venue hire, crowd control, backstage, liaising and assisting, is only a small part of what Essie does. Essie has a lot of experience working in events! If you looked for her during a production, chances are you’d see her running around talking to someone in a headset, helping someone put a microphone on, fixing the set, handing a cast member a prop, problem-solving a seating requirement for someone in the audience and making sure the smoke machine works...all at the same time!

Essie also helps with hair and makeup and has been involved in acting and dancing in some Alabaster shows. Making a production happen takes a lot of work and it means a lot to have someone like Essie on board, who is committed to what Alabaster Theatre does and knows just what needs to be done.

If you see Essie at one of our productions, give her a high five and tell her how awesome she is!

Lee

When My Prince Came for Me

Mansoul Performance 2013

Mansoul Performance 2013

It was dark and the air was thick with danger and dread. A gang of thieves, thugs, hustlers and evildoers stood in the cobblestoned centre of a city held captive by their leader, Diabolus. Each one prepared to rise up against the king. Diabolus paced back and forth, his grizzled, battle-scarred face contorted into a grotesque mask of greed and hate as he urged the crowd to take up their weapons and rebel.

The angry mob shouted, chanted, shook their fists and let the screams of Diabolus fuel their bloodlust. As they let out a final roar, the gates of the city suddenly burst open and an unseen force sent out a shockwave that had the people flying to the ground where they lay as though dead. A hush fell, then out of the darkness, a figure stepped through the gates…

“Mansoul” is a musical Alabaster Theatre performed in 2012 and 2013 and follows the story of a city turned to destruction by a band of invaders and ultimately rescued by its loving King. As I am writing this, I still get goose bumps, because I was one of the people on stage when Prince Emmanuel came to the city of Mansoul. Although I was playing the part of one of Diabolus’ henchmen, I fought back sobs because the prince had come to save the day and I could feel the change in the atmosphere.

It makes me think about when MY prince came. It wasn’t a one-off event and there were no Disney birds fluttering around. I can’t even remember the first time I encountered him, but time after time he has shown up. Comforted me. Healed me. Protected me.

I was lost and he found me.

I was scared and he comforted me.

I was desolate and he gave me hope.

My Prince- Jesus-has never failed me, and knowing how much he loves me, how much he loves US, takes my breath away.

Mansoul the musical will be returning to the stage in 2017.

Don't Miss Out! 

Go For It!

I used to hate eggplant.
If I saw it on someone's plate I'd grimace and think "Yuck! How can people eat that?!" I'd turn up my nose if it was an option on the menu and wouldn't think twice about it.
Then, one day, I tasted it. Yes, that's right, I'd never even tried it before! After years of loathing the vegetable, I tried it and realised that I actually really liked it.

Acting, however, is something I've always loved. My earliest memory was being at puppet shows my parents put on, and being planted in the audience so that when Sammy (one of the puppets) put the pegs in another puppet's hair, I'd jump up and take them off for her. Then there was dressing as Santa and handing out chocolates with my brother (dressed as an elf) at Christmas events. I have had so much fun being involved in all kinds of performances or just playing around with friends for as long as I can remember.

Little Leanne with Sammy and Jenny (Stars from her parents puppet show)

Little Leanne with Sammy and Jenny (Stars from her parents puppet show)

Alabaster Theatre has seen a lot of performers over the years and surprisingly, quite a few have come without any prior experience. Fast forward to the end of the shows and these people have said how much fun they had, and how they never thought they'd ever be involved in that sort of thing.

The thing is, you'll never know how much fun you might have, what people you'll meet, what experiences or what skills you'll gain, if you don't GO FOR IT!
I've hit the wrong notes (loudly and badly), I've said the wrong lines, missed cues and made a fool of myself more times than I can count but, at the end of the day I look back and smile because those were such fun times and I shared them with great people.

If you think you might have something you could bring to Alabaster, come and give it a go! We have exciting things happening and would so love to meet you and have you join in the fun! Go on! Go For It!
 

Lee 

What I Like Best

My name is Leanne, I have been performing with Alabaster since the very beginning. I was asked recently about what I am most passionate about when it comes to performing/shows/theatre.

Leanne Malone In the role of  AUNT ELIZABETH   Fearless The Musical 2015

Leanne Malone In the role of AUNT ELIZABETH Fearless The Musical 2015

I love singing and I love acting, especially when I know I'm a part of something that's bringing glory to God and sharing His love with people.

My favourite thing though, is the impact on the audience. Whether it be via written feedback, personal stories or simply seeing how people respond from the stage, I love knowing that what I've done, what I've been a part of, has touched hearts.

I have heard testimonies of people who have felt God's love so intensely that they wept. I've read feedback from people saying that they left an Alabaster production with new understanding and fresh hope. I've seen fellow cast members completely transform because of an encounter they had with the Holy Spirit during rehearsals.

It has been my personal experience, knowing how life changing the love of God is and there is nothing better than being able to see first hand people encountering Jesus.

What else would I want to use my gifts and talents for?

Lee

A Swingin Night

Toes are tapping, skirts are swishing, popcorn is popping and the air is thick with the smell of hairspray. Why, you ask? It’s 50’s night at Alabaster Theatre School! 

On Thursday the 23rd of June, Alabaster School had our 50’s and 60’s end of term Showcase. Parents, families and friends were invited to join us in dressing up and stepping back in time.

PERFORMANCES 

Our students performed a variety of classics from musicals such as Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray. Day by Day was a sweet little number, with many of the younger girls performing or using a microphone for the very first time. We were so proud of them! A mixture of older students and teachers performed songs from Hairspray and it looked as though they’d stepped back in time to perform for a TV audience in the 60’s! Students from our adult class shared a monologue and performed the song, ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ from Little Shop of Horrors, inviting the audience into a moment in the life of a daydreaming housewife in the 50’s. 

A TOUCH OF ROMANCE 

Everybody had so much fun snapping, clapping and spinning, we played 50s musical chairs and taught everybody some classic swingin moves. Parents were invited to take some time out and romantically slow dance to the crooning of Elvis Presley. It was so touching to see so many couples seizing that moment. 

The final performance of the night was ‘Come So Far’, from the musical ‘Hairspray’. Students from all of Alabaster’s classes took to the stage and it was an absolute blast! We really have come so far and have got so far to go!  We had a fun term digging up music of the 50’s and 60s at Alabaster and even more fun working on the songs and choreography. 

Thankyou to everyone who joined us.

Lee 

Dear Alabaster Fans

A letter from the Director 

Bethany Carlos 

I am writing this letter to make some exciting announcements and to touch base with anyone who wants to know what 2015 holds for this passionate, progressive theatre company. I and my husband Kieran are expecting a beautiful new Carlos addition in early June. This new production I am working on is an exciting adventure and has brought challenges and changes to both Kieran and I’s life. While Alabaster Theatre is not producing any new material this year, we are still alive and well backstage. 

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This term we launched Jazz and Contemporary dance classes to train up dancers for our main house productions and outreach dance team. We are every week meeting aspiring young dancers and performers who have great potential to make a difference in the arts industry.  

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Alabaster Theatre School runs every Tuesday afternoon. We have over 20 school aged students and are privileged to see such wonderful budding talent every week. They will be performing an in house production in May that will serve as a fundraiser for our Main house production in December. 

With much excitement Alabaster Theatre will be performing FEARLESS THE MUSICAL as our main house production in December this year. 

With all my heart I thank you for supporting what we do and who we are. I and the team at Alabaster have a great desire to continue to tell God’s great story of hope through theatre. Please continue to follow us, like us, share us and see our productions. Thank you and bless you. 

Bethany