Friday, April 24, 2009

Pictures from dress rehearsal

Sean (Shawn?), the multi-talented guy who set up all the light cues for our play, took some pictures at our first dress rehearsal. Above is a picture of Randall and I having a chat about proposing to a rich old lady.

This picture really captures a certain mood of the play. From left to right are Brenton, Jonathan, and Randall, playing Charley, Babbs, and Jack, respectively.

The Chimes is supposed to be in attendance tonight to get pictures, so if I find some good ones of the girls and the rest of the cast I'll post them.

Oh yeah! Opening night went really well. We had a good audience and everyone did very well. It was fun. Another coming up tonight with some good friends in the audience.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Charley's Aunt opens tonight!

Last night was preview night, and it went well for a half-packed room. Heard some good laughter (especially from my wife, who, if you've heard her, has a distinct and not quiet laugh when something really tickles her).

Tonight is opening night! Show-times and tickets can be found here. I've got some friends coming to Friday's show, and a good chunk of my family is coming next Saturday.

I think the show has turned out really well; I think you'll have a great time if you come.

Oh, I don't think I mentioned it on this blog: I'm no longer playing Brassett the butler (my friend Robert Tiffin has taken that role). I'm now playing Sir Francis Chesney, Jack's father. There were some complications with casting about a month into rehearsals, but it's turned out just fine.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Green Religion

My dad pointed me to an article in the newest Carlsbad Magazine by Tim Wrisley, entitled "Green Revolution." Check out this paragraph:
"I have heard some people actually say that global warming is a myth. These must be the same people that told Columbus that the earth is flat, the Internet was just a fad, or leave your 401(k) alone, it will be fine. The point is, you simply have to look around and see that we are starting to overstay our welcome on the big, blue marble. Our landlord is going to ask us to leave soon if we don't change some our nasty habits."
Listen to his tone. Such devotion to the cause! Such derision for the unbelievers. "Some people actually say . . . probably the same people who thought the earth was flat . . . " So all these guys are flat-earthers too, right? This isn't a rational position, it's a religious one. He has strong faith, and anyone who questions his religion must be a heretic.

While we're on the subject, I can't be the only one sick of seeing the "Green" label pasted around absolutely everywhere. It has replaced "Low Carb" as the most obvious and annoying marketing trend. Greenists need their own Charlie Brown character to bemoan the commercialization of Earth Day. Is nothing sacred? They've robbed a spiritual holiday of its true significance. Instead of bringing glory and honor to Mother Earth they're just trying to sell you their product by telling you on the package that they recycle all of their employees' solid waste.

I do believe we (as Christians) should be good stewards of our resources. I like recycling (when I'm able), I don't like pollution, I like decreasing waste, I like all the new more efficient cars and appliances and other technology we're developing.

However, I don't attach a spiritual significance to these things. Taking in my cans isn't a sacrament. For a materialist, it makes sense that being Green is the equivalent of being holy. If there's nothing to life but particles, then protecting particles is the highest good one can aspire to. (Side-note: in what strikes me as eerily similar to naive church people over-reacting to the perceived dangers of Harry Potter, I see greenies over-reacting to the slightest perceived threat to "Mother Earth.")

But for a Christian, the material world isn't all there is. Recycling isn't the highest Good. We know that souls are more valuable than renewable energy and organic lice-infested tomatoes. So I get a little worried when I see Christians following the latest cultural trend with almost religious fervor. Remember, guys, we shouldn't look to culture to inform our values. We look to God. We look to His Word. It's a good thing to have light bulbs that use less energy, it's great to recycle, and I love the idea of more efficient cars (hybrid, electric, running on Dimetap, whatever). Efficiency and decreased waste are awesome and practical! But they aren't the highest good, and falling in lock-step with a cultural trend is dangerous, especially when the culture pushing the trend has a materialist worldview with different values at its core.

(I found the Green equivalent of a Christian comic: Betty & Veronica go Green! Read the description. Sounds more painful than any ham-fisted evange-comic I've ever read.)