The Word in the Wings

A behind-the-scenes look at how GPA artists are engaging with Scripture, from study to studio to presenting a Spirit-filled message on stage.

When you read “The Word in the Wings,” you’re invited to learn about the deep, biblical roots of our performance and about how GPA artists make connections between the biblical texts we study and the art you’ll see on stage.

 

We hope this opens the door for even deeper dialogue between you and God as the story of Scripture presents itself in new, perhaps unexpected ways through the medium of movement.

Without further ado...

Introducing company artist Aleksa Lawry

The Word in the Wings
with Kaya Weaver
Aleksa Lawry joined Glorify Dance Theatre this season as an apprentice. Read our conversation to learn about her love for movement and storytelling and about her goals for spiritual growth within her creative work this season.

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Be Ready: moving and internalizing 1 Peter 3:15-16

The Word in the Wings
By: Jessica Noonan
Memorizing scripture as an adult is extremely challenging for me. I have found that sitting and repeating the words over and over again doesn’t permanently seal them into my brain. BUT, I was able to memorize the verses that were taught at summer vacation bible school. Why? Because they were attached to hand motions!!

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From the study: when Christ rules, fear cannot

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Glorify Dance Theatre’s first performance this fall will be a school program, Be Ready, inspired by 1 Peter 3:15. The writer instructs the Christians reading his letter to always do good, even when others do evil towards them. By way of explanation, being called as God’s people entails a commitment to do good in the face of evil and an expectation that this will result in blessing.

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From the studio: a call to wholeheartedness

The Word in the Wings
By: Audrey Hammitt
Imagine standing outside on a gray, overcast day without rain, sunshine, or any warm or cool breeze to refresh you. Now think about how this type of weather affects your emotions and mental acuity. These bland surroundings and numb feelings are two examples of the concept of lukewarm, which my character represents in the ballet Be Ready.

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Season Preview with Melody Mendoza (Part II)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Read Part II of my conversation with Artistic Director Melody Mendoza as she describes some unique elements of the Glorify Dance Theatre’s performance lineup for Spring 2024. If you missed it last week, you can read about our upcoming fall shows in Part I.

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Season Preview with Melody Mendoza (Part I)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Glorify Dance Theatre’s 2023-24 season has begun, and it’s a big one! Listen in on Part 1 of my conversation with Artistic Director Melody Mendoza as she describes her inspiration for this season and we discuss how the biblical themes tie our fall shows together.

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Introducing Ministry Assistant Jessica Noonan

This month we welcomed the newest member of the GPA staff team, Jessica Noonan, as Ministry Assistant. Here, she shares a few stories about her journey of learning to use her gifts in music, dance and leadership for God’s glory.

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Creating culture through Heurisko

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
How does a ballet for preschoolers work as a “cultural good” for the kingdom of God? Writer and editor Andy Crouch offers these four questions for assessing the impact of a given creative work on culture. Using these questions as a guide, let’s explore how GPA’s ballet Heurisko shapes the imaginations of our youngest audience members.

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Glorify Dance Theatre Presents

May 3-4

This is a family-friendly ballet that kids of ALL ages will enjoy!