Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Gospel of Grace

Pastor Joyce Swingle preached on Romans 10:16-11:6 with illustrations from Isaiah 53, Isaiah 65 and the story of Elijah.

On a Westchester Chapel trip
to Israel Rich Swingle
performed "Prophet of Fear,"
the story of Elijah atop
Mt. Carmel.
Pastor Randy Solomon announced the start of The Men's Group next Saturday at 8am with a pancake breakfast followed by a hike.



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Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWF. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When the Game Stands Tall

Critics are blasting When the Game Stands Tall, and Rotten Tomatoes' summary says it is filled with "threadbare inspirational sports drama clich├ęs." Whoever wrote that totally didn't get the film or intentionally wanted to subvert it. This film flies in the face of convention. It's outstanding on every level: a perfect effort.

Could it be that critics have noticed how many Christian films are doing well at the box office in a single year? This one is poised to be the fifth in 2014 that has a Christian message and crests $10M at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo in '06 there were four such titles, so this film is about to break the record!

That's not important to this film. Its message is that living a life of integrity is more important than any accolades.

I do think the filmmakers have to be a little stoked that their film is proving that the market has a place for more Christian films in a calendar year than people have thought, and there are four more en route before the year ends. Hopefully investors will get the message.


Rated PG. Christians might also want to know:
* high school drinking
* grid iron violence
* there is a shooting
* a father is verbally and physically abusive to his son (PG violence)
* a man has a heart attack
* there's a brief fight
* the word da_n is used once
* a high school students kiss
You can find more details on IMDb, which mentions "religious exclamations," but we took them all to be sincere prayer, rather than taking the name of the Lord in vain.



Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

America: Freedom and Sacrifice

Pastor Linda Warren, who led my bride Joyce to the Lord, preaches on Jeremiah 23:9-32, sounding an alarm of caution against the confusion that is out there.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

TAM Conservatory Worship Night with Phil Laeger

Phil led us in the songs in the playlist below. What couldn't be captured in its fullest expression was when Phil had all of the students line up around the sanctuary and instructed the instructors to speak a word of truth into their lives based on what we knew of them and Ephesians 1. Meanwhile he and the band were praying over us all with music. If that wasn't powerful enough Phil later opened it up to spoken worship. The students adoration kept tumbling out of the filled up vessels we had empowered them to become! I thought it was one of the most powerful moments in the 14 years of the conservatory, and founder Carol Jaudes said the same.

This lineup is with other recording artists...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Remember

This was the first film by the team creating Mayflower II. It's absolutely stunning! Despite the $25M difference in budget we liked many elements better than The Giver, which describes a similar dystopia.

Here's Lee Duigon's A Review of "Remember" a Christian Sci-Fi Film.

Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Preach the Gospel

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Romans 10:1-15. Communion and announcements by Pastor Randy Solomon, who revealed that Men's Group will resume September 6. Guitar background by Tim B. Pastor Joyce gave a report on the Swingles' time on Mars (played by Calgary) in the upcoming film Mayflower II. Pastor Joyce makes reference to her testimony, which you can hear at the bottom of her bio page.



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creation-Inspired Worship

Pastor Linda Warren kicked off our Leadership Bible Study on worship, via our outdoor service. She and Pastor Joyce Swingle led us through Psalm 19 as we explored creation and the Ten Commandments for reasons to worship the Lord. Report on the Salvation Army conservatory by Rich Swingle, and request for prayer for Mayflower II by Pastor Joyce.



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Privileges of Adoption

Joyce preached on Romans 8:12-17. Opening prayer by Bill H. Pastoral prayer and communion by Pastor Randy SolomonRich Swingle gave a report on MasterWorks. You can read more details at www.RichDrama.com/MWF.

"All Hail the Power" written by Edward Perronet, 1779. Music by Oliver Holden1793. Performed by Bill and Liz H. 



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mayflower II

Joyce and I performed the rolls of Ferris and Danae Chapman in this outstanding film shot in and near Calgary.

This is the fourth time we've played husband and wife, and the third this year!

Our characters are the parents of a young man who turns us in for being Christians, and I actually coached Jeremiah McFarland, who plays that young man for his audition as a part of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp in Norwood, CO in June. His sister, Hannah, also went up to play a member of our cell group, an illegal Bible study in a futuristic world where North Americans must read from a government-approved Bible and attend an official church.
With my students from MasterWorks and
Rocky Mountain ChristianFilmmakers Camp

Nathan Clarkson played a government official. He was a student at the MasterWorks Festival in 2005, the first year I directed the theatre program. I performed in his film Confessions of a Prodigal Son, starring Kevin Sorbo, almost exactly a year earlier.

Here's Joyce's report on the project to our home church, Westchester Chapel:



Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWF. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MasterWits 2014



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We had another stellar MasterWorks Theatre Program, this year producing Much Ado About Nothing in Winona Lake, IN, Bethel Park, PA, and NYC in Theatre 315, an Off-Broadway space pictured above. Susan Somerville Brown choreographed a dance number in our production, and Patricia Mauceri co-directed with me and met with students to talk about the spiritual lives of their characters.

Katie Leigh, who plays Connie Kendall in Adventures in Odyssey, coached our students for voice over work. In this photo she's playing Connie with our students in an Odyssey episode.

Katie and Torry Martin, a writer and performer for Adventures in Odyssey, joined our students performing during our annual Improv Night. Torry preceded the comedy with a very funny talk entitled "Discovering Your Calling/Finding Your Gift." Faculty and students made reference to that talk numerous times throughout the rest of the Festival. In this shot, Torry and student Esh Ryans are laying down a commercial. Torry, who's performed in numerous films, said that he'll recommend Esh to play his son if such roles come his way.

We had a great MasterClass with Bobbie Merritt, a NYC manager, and Laura Bergquist, a Broadway music director. They had such encouraging things to say about our students, confirming what we already knew: The quality of our students keeps rising year after year! Bobbie wrote, "It was a true blessing to be with the kids! They encouraged and edified me and gave me real hope for the future! I truly believe it IS in their hands! And from that group, I am so hopeful that the LORD's name will be high and lifted up, and that there will be revival in the land! (2 Chron. 7:14) Hallelujah! Let the Believers say AMEN and AMEN!"

We also had a breakfast panel with Mastermedia, which included some outstanding influencers in media, including a former writer for Saturday Night Live, a NYC actor/director, a newscaster, the founder of a NYC networking group for Christian actors, a NYC actor/director, and former MasterClass instructor John Forbes, who has produced Off-Broadway and performed and directed around the world.

Ann Van Hine, whose late husband Bruce is one of the characters in my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11, pointed our students toward the source of her Hope and Peace, just before flying to Japan to minister to families of victims of 3/11, which marks the devastating tsunami and earthquake that destroyed much of their island nation.

In the midst of Ann's tour of the 9/11 Memorial Christina Doerr performed a monologue about Hope in the wake of 9/11.

Our students shared their purpose statements as a part of our closing sessions. They were challenged to make observations about how elements of the program will help them in the future. Our MasterWorks instructors were mentioned and quoted, including John and Paula Kasica (both their devotions with theatre and John's campus-wide talk on the orphan spirit and the Father Heart of God), and my bride Joyce, who serves as pastoral care director. 

They also mentioned appreciation for the focus on prayer and keeping the Lord central, lunchtime faculty devotions and worship. 

Here are some quotes: "Expectations were exceeded." "We meet God through fellowship." "That (reconciliation) wouldn't have happened if I hadn't come to MasterWorks." "God's love became overwhelming." "You only have to be loved by God, and I didn't know that until I was here." "It's taught me to trust and be vulnerable." "I've never felt so loved in my life." "I thought you could be an artist or be a Christian. Now I know a revival in the arts world is coming because you guys are going to be in it." "It's made me want to start every day with worship and go deeper in the Word." "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

A theatre program alum said, ""Much Ado About Nothing" was absolutely outstanding! I was very impressed with all that you guys put into it. Every single character was real and well-developed. There were so many really great moments in it!"

One of our student's parents said of the play, "what a great performance last evening! Seamless, fun, dramatic, touching, faith-building."

Patricia Mauceri said, "Oh, how powerfully the Lord is moving at MWF. He is stirring hearts and refining gifts, deepening our understanding of what creative arts look like from a heavenly perspective!! This has been a truly amazing 2014 MWF!!"

We’ve been pleased to watch our students get into well-respected acting programs like the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Biola University, Regent University, Belhaven University, Gordon College, Azusa Pacific University, University of Southern California, the American Shakespeare Center, Media Village in South Africa, Melbourne’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Academy of Art University's School of Acting, Sight and Sound Theatres Conservatory, Stella Adler Studio (where another alumna teaches), Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the list keeps growing. 

We also send out casting calls to Christian films and have seen our students performing speaking roles in feature films such as In His Steps, Christmas Grace, For the Glory, Polycarp, Confessions of a Prodigal Son and Mayflower II.

We're already approved to perform in PA and NYC again next year, so start spreading the word!

For a report from last year's program, click here.





Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Jesus Is the Reason We're Here

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Romans 8:5-11. She draws upon some of our MasterWorks experiences.



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