Life is full of unexpected moments. Things that we did not plan for nor foresee. Sometimes we feel we have a grip on our reality, only to find out that, what we perceived, was not actually how it really was. It has been a year now since we changed the name of our beloved theatre to Kingdom Things Theatre. Excited to see what God had in His plans for us. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Jessica and I have hearts that long to be creative, hearts that embrace storytelling and hearts that believe theatre is a gift to be shared to encourage and build relationships. We also have hearts that long to follow Jesus, and we have always held true to that in everything we do here at the theatre. It is because of that deep longing that we have surrendered our plans over to God. We will be shifting how we do things here at Kingdom Things. Creativity and theatre are our gifting that we will continue to use but in a new and fresh way! We are excited to announce, Kingdom Things Theatre will be transitioning over the next few months, into an online ministry. We will be offering many great services for purchase and hire out. We will still offer the same great family friendly quality we have always, and will be adding a new line of faith based scripts and resources for churches and small groups. Our current location of 225 Main Street Woodstock, will be closing with our Grand Finale Improv Show on Friday September 7, 2018. This seemed very unexpected at first for Jessica and I but as we both have learned over the years, to follow Christ, is to lay aside our plans and follow His, we are expecting great things...great Kingdom Things!
As this year is quickly coming to an end, I have had the pleasure of a slower pace of life as we have spent time with family and friends over the Christmas season. I have listened and participated in so many conversations. Some were of very light heart and up lifting while others were coming from the depths of despair. The words we choose have the ability to convey or hide our utmost thoughts and feelings. I love words as I have expressed before. I spent Christmas Eve pondering words. My conclusion is words can be beautiful or they can be ugly. I have been challenging myself to only speak beautiful words to those I encounter. I am still able to make my point known, get my message across and be heard all by using beautiful words. I have made a point to text beautiful words daily to a few individuals in my life that I know will be encouraged by them. I have no reason for it, except to say to them, "here are your beautiful words for today. I have beautiful words for you today...you are creatively and wonderfully made!"
As we start a new year, may you fill it with beautiful words.
Have a kingdom kind of day!
I sat at my desk in front of the window, overlooking the cul de sac where I live. The snow lay fresh and white on the ground. Many were grumbling that it was only November and way to early for the "white stuff" to hit. I feel invigorated by the first snow fall. It signifies a season change! For some that may be a hard concept to accept but for myself, I love the times when it appears we get a second chance to start over. This teaser of winter brings with it an abundance of possibilities. Family time is what I think of in the winter. It gets dark so early, we tend to slow down our business and hibernate in our homes for the evening and spend time together. A much needed new beginning. The snow allows me to stop worrying about the fact I don't have a green thumb and my over grown gardens will look quixotic with a blanket of snow on them and all the dead stems sticking through will be so lovely with the first crystals of ice forming on them. Winter fashions are so much more appealing to me. Being an avid thrift store hunter I have quite a collection and the more layers I can pile on the more I get to wear my unique finds. As I look down from the window and to my computer screen, I see a blank page, white as snow. Another new beginning. I'm excited to see what new play I will create on it...the abundance of possibilities are endless.
Have a kingdom kind of day!
Today I watched as our senior theatre troupe, the Silver Streaks, did an Italian run through of a show we are currently working on. They all sat at a round table and said their lines to the best of their memories. I often do this to gauge where my actors are at with the memorisation of lines. For the most part, I was more pleased than they were. There were many interruptions throughout the process, not from lack of memory but from laughter. Words being mixed up, actors wanting to say a certain line when it wasn't time, and the sound of first attempts at using accents continually erupted the group into a fit of laughter. By the end of our rehearsal the smiles were bright and there was such a lightness in the air. I must admit, when I first got to the rehearsal, I was tired and had much on my mind with other cares. Two hours later I felt refreshed and renewed. Laughter, they say it's the best medicine and although I'm not fond of taking medications I will take a dose of laughter any day.
Life is full of transitions, from one stage to another. Change is as good as a rest but sometimes changes in life don't leave us very settled. On the stage we always talk about doing smooth transitions from one scene to the next. To make the act of moving set pieces seamless, creative, as if they, in themselves, were a beautiful part of the story. From cradle to grave we will all experience many transitions, it will be within our attitudes, our perseverance, and our trust that will determine how seamless they will be. We here at the theatre are in such a time: switching over from Enchanted Theatre Company to Kingdom Things Theatre. It has been a time of excitement as we dream of new possibilities created with re branding but it has also been a time of uncertainty. How will we ever get everything done in a timely manner to make our transition seamless? We have begun to talk about the new name, to let our excitement be known, to bring to light the new programming, business hours and the new vision of how we operate. We are fully embracing this transition! We trust that you will too.
Words. No matter what language they are spoken in, they possess power. They can encourage, uplift, state facts, spew useless information, cut to the quick, destroy. They can have more than one meaning depending on the spelling or definition or simply the tone in which they are spoken. Again, words possess power. As a playwright words are my tool, my vehicle I use to drive my message to the audience. When writing a script, even the slightest change of a few words can alter the story. I'm forever saying to my actors, please learn your lines as they are written, they were written that way for a purpose. Words are vital to life. The fact that we are all here on this earth was the result of words being spoken. Words, they possess power, power we don't give them credit for. When we launched Enchanted Theatre Company four years ago, we knew what type of atmosphere we wanted to create. What words would we choose to encapsulate all we wanted to express? It was a given that the word “theatre” need be present, to ensure patrons would know what our business was about. We chose “company” to create a sense of community, for those who are our dear guests and those who have found solace in volunteering here. The third word was up for much discussion. Jessica and I are of a romantic old world mind set and thought the word “enchanted” was most delightful. We even looked it up in the dictionary (yes it was an actual book, not online) The definition was of a very pleasing result. Enchant: to fill someone with delight. That's exactly what we wanted to do with our theatre! To fill all those who graced our threshold with delight. Enchanted Theatre Company. Perfect. Or so we thought. Words have power. We began to observe very quickly on, that some took an adverse reaction to our beloved word “Enchanted”. Witches, warlocks and wizards are enchanted, pirates and fairies can be enchanted. Darkness can be enchanted. Comments would be made to us, implying we were of that very darkness. We would politely explain that was never our intentions but as the years went on we realized an opinion had been formed about us, all because of one word, enchanted. This past summer we realized we needed to give up our word, because what it meant to us had changed. We decided we needed to go in the exact opposite direction of darkness so there would be no confusion on anyone's part. We want to be light. Kingdom Things Theatre. We are both excited for the name change and it has encouraged and refreshed us. We look forward to unveiling it to the community.
Have a kingdom kind of day.
Kim & Jessica
Once upon a time, in Woodstock of Oxford County, a mother and daughter dreamed of one day owning a quirky and intimate theatre that would be full of quixotic allure; a venue for the arts, a creative space full of imagination, and a place for people of all ages and walks of life. In 2013, after a year of praying and searching for the right building, an old apple storage cooler, on 225 Main Street, was deemed the right place for the mother and daughter's dream to come true.
It took three months of long days to prepare the space to be what we envisioned. I, Jessica, (the daughter), had started dreaming, in University, about a world full of pirates and fairies. Children would enter the 3-D world and be led on role play adventures.
I wanted a space where we could have trees, a pirate ship, secret spots that looked like caves, and the insides of trees for children to discover.
I, Kim, (the mother), had dreamed of having a space where I was free to decorate and create an atmosphere that was eclectic and cosy, a place where all those who collaborated in putting on shows would feel at home, and a place where patrons wanted to visit again and again.
We are now in our fourth year of running a theatre. It is full of challenges and rewards but the one thing we have found, through doing theatre with people of all ages and walks of life, is that theatre nourishes the soul. It can be an outlet, an escape, a place of discovery about oneself and others. It is a gift that keeps on giving. It pushes people to their limits but is always rewarding. It brings communities of people together to share in stories that touch us so deeply.
We invite to be apart of our journey as we enter into our fifth year with a new vision and a new name!
Have a Kingdom kind of day!
Kim & Jessica