CAST is an evangelistic, arts-focused, service-minded mission team. The Arts Ministries Bureau annually assembles a production team and selects a play/musical/original piece to produce. That’s where you come in. See below for audition and application information.
Members who are accepted begin their adventure in mid-June where everyone gathers for rehearsals in West Nyack, New York. This team of 8-12 along with their leaders then begin a 6(ish)-week-long summer performance tour, ending in August. Performances take place at Salvation Army summer camps for kids, community centers, churches, street festivals and more.
CAST will lodge, travel and eat together in community during their tour. Everything they need for the summer they carry with them, including sets, costumes, props, sound equipment. Food and lodging are taken care of. In fact, all expenses are paid except for personal items such as soap, shampoo, etc. and the occasional meal. Also, a stipend of $3,000 is paid to each team member in two installments during the tour.
Hold on a minute… not so easy. Touring and performing is hard work. Each member gives up many personal freedoms for the privilege of combining their love for God and the creative arts. It involves living and traveling, eating and breathing, together for two months. It involves clear communication and forgiveness. Its blood, sweat, and tears… sometimes (hopefully not too much blood) but it’s so rewarding.
Arts Ministries is especially excited for this summer because Puerto Rico has never had the opportunity to host a CAST production due to the distance and language barrier. Jesus Theater’s (official title TBD) message is brought to life through movement, making it a perfect fit for an audience with mixed language preferences. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Arts Ministries Bureau’s ministry; a noted opportunity to return to its roots in choreodrama (choreographed-drama) and hands-on ministry and evangelism. Directed by Katie Luse and choreographed by Erin Morgan, Jesus Theater will tell the story of God’s unrelenting love for his children.
Complete the following 4 sections on video, then upload it as an UNLISTED video on YouTube and send the link to Ian.Evans@use.salvationarmy.org