"SELAH is a place full of music, literature and drama. It's a place where you can be unusual and it's accepted. SELAH is where overactive dancers, drama queens and kings and tech nerds seem perfectly normal. My Thursday's wouldn't be complete without SELAH." ~ Rhiannon,Student
Our calendar is updated periodically as activities become available and/or schedules change. Please contact SELAH to attend any of our upcoming events.
SELAH is a leadership program, encouraging young people to create their own projects and lead their own teams. Our first group of theater students chose this verse as their class theme: Philippians 2:15 - "So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world." Therefore, the high school theater class adopted the name Spotlight Performers, and the younger class took the name Footlight Performers. After two years, students wanted to have a group with more control, so they formed the Torchlight Players.
It is our goal to offer an affordable venue for each performance group while still meeting the obligations to our rental facility and obtaining materials needed to provide an excellent learning experience. Your donation today will will essentially help us “keep the Lights on.”
You can easily support SELAH through the simple purchase of an Amazon gift card. Each purchase goes toward a kick back program that on accumulation, provides SELAH with its own gift cards to purchase necessary resources.
What could be more social than our Homeschool Support Group! An organized ministry of Christian Life Center, Life Groups is open to any/all families that practice homeschooling or are interested in finding out more about homeschooling. There are no age limits – whether you have a new born or a grandchild – all are welcome! We will meet on the first Friday night of the month for a family related activity, other activities and a group of young moms with young children is under development. Please contact the organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved in our family friendly meeting and activities.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Six families attended our first ever “Family Night at the Movies" to view the film Woodlawn. This powerful film with its message of how Hope and Love can radically affect a community to overcome political obstacles and racial tensions. After the film, one of our mom's with tears in her eyes broke out in a prayer to see our children, like the teens portrayed in the film, make a difference through Christ in our community here in the south suburbs of Chicago.
SHAKESPEARE FIELD TRIP
Sixteen students were treated to the magical word of Shakespeare's epic (and final written play), The Tempest on September 22, 2015. Six adult chaperons (parents) tagged along and blessed to see the wide world of Renaissance theater and literature brought to life for their children. We will be returning to The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on March 9, 2016 to see the comedy, Twelfth Night. This next production will be for students in grades 4-12, so sign up today!
Eleven students attended this workshop to study Shakespeare's The Tempest. It was held at Family of Faith Church in Monee, a supportive homeschool ministry. By using some of the same techniques that enable actors to break open Shakespeare’s language and capture the emotion, intention and meaning behind his words, students works with the text in interactive and engaging activities. Bringing the text "alive" as you would by casting themselves in their own scenes while preparing to view the performance live at our upcoming field trip.
MENTORING LEADERSHIP THROUGH SHAKESPEARE
This year will mark the fifth year I've been leading SELAH, yet I've been teaching theater for over 14 years total. As much as I love theater and all that it creates, my greatest satisfaction is seeing young people apply the skills they learn to become strong leaders in a culture that sometimes expects mediocrity or even worse, cynically accepts that their circumstances can not be changed.
Shakespeare has always been a favorite "go-to" source to incorporate the impact our actions have on our future. There's just something about conquering a Shakespeare text that gives you confidence; if you can understand his Shakespeare, just maybe...(read the res of this article HERE.)