6 hole dr martens Students of Community Baptist School to perform play ‘No Place to Flee’ tonight
The students of Community Baptist School will present “No Place to Flee” tonight. The play chronicles the struggles of living the Christian life in Communist Russia while addressing the challenges of being a Christian in modern day America.
“It focuses on the persecution of Christians in Communist Russia in the 1920’s,” said Howie Schlichting, team director for the Academy of Arts, the traveling Christian drama ministry assisting Community Baptist with the play. He said “No Place to Flee,” written by the Academy of Arts’ founder Nicky Chavers, is a collection of true stories of Christians living behind the “Iron Curtain” under Vladimir Lenin’s Communist regime.
“Lenin promised them religious freedom and then when he got in there, he took it away. He took away the freedom of people in general,” Schlichting said. “They had a socialistic mindset with a greedy,
power hungry government.”
Schlichting said he sees parallels between the Russian Communist government and the American government’s current “share the wealth” mentality. He said Christians are becoming a minority group and hopes the play will teach the Community Baptist students to stand firm in their faith, as the Christians in Communist Russia did.
“We’re trying to use these examples to show that we, too, can stand for what we believe today, no matter what it costs,” said Schlichting.
Chrissy Doyle, a ninth grader who plays the role of Mrs. Vins, said the play has taught her “to be prepared to stand up for your beliefs as a Christian.”
“I’ve learned that all the oppression that the Christians had to suffer was amazingly horrible,
” she said. She described her character as a strong woman who has to endure her husband Peter’s imprisonment for preaching about Christianity.
“It really gets you thinking about life and what we take for granted,” said Jake Chandler, an eighth grader who plays 9 year old Georgi Vins. As the son of Pastor Peter Vins, Georgi has to cope with his father’s imprisonment, later following in his father’s footsteps to become the pastor of a church in Russia and being imprisoned and tortured for his Christian beliefs, Chandler said. A Theatre Guild member, Chandler said taking on the role was challenging because the character is based on a real person.
Unlike Chandler, many of the seventh to 12th grade actors have no acting experience. The Academy of Arts teaches students the “principles of acting,
” including stage design and lighting, and on stage hair and makeup, Schlichting said. He believes acting in a play will give the students more self confidence and encourages them to become productive members of society.
“I think it will make them more informed citizens,” he said.
Acting in the play has cultivated a sense of solidarity among the students, according to Jamie Vaughan, Bible and history teacher at Community Baptist. Vaughan also plays John Martens, an evangelist.
“A benefit is the unity and the camaraderie that’s coming between the students,” he said.
Another benefit of the play,
according to Vaughan, is teaching the students the importance of relying on the Bible and memorizing Scripture.
“I think it’s taught them a lot about using the Bible as their sustenance. People back then were depending on the Word of God to get them through,” he said. He said learning about the persecution of Christians in Communist Russia also gives the students an appreciation of the religious freedoms they have in the United States. at Community Baptist Church at 509 Triangle Road in Reidsville. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. For more information, call (336) 342 5991.
Rockingham County Schools Got Talent showcase
Rockingham County Schools got talent, and the students are about to prove it at a showcase at McMichael High School in Mayodan tonight. Rockingham County High School students and McMichael High School students alike will try to impress the judges with their vocal talents and dancing skills at the showcase. Tickets will be available for $7 at the door.
Rockingham County GOP Convention
The Rockingham County GOP will hold its convention Saturday morning. at the Rockingham Community College Whitcomb Student Center. Chad Adams, who has served as an elected official in Lee County, will be the guest speaker. The convention will include official precinct elections, the nomination of delegates to the state convention and election of officers. The convention is open to all registered Republicans in Rockingham County. Sunday at the Church of the Epiphany Parish Hall at 338 Henry St. in Eden. Knowledgeable Eden Preservation Society members will present a history of the church since its founding in 1844,
with a chance to walk through the church and its grounds. For more information, call 627 7234 or 623 3853. Market St. in Reidsville.
Entertainment at Eden Golden Apple
Roulette will perform Friday night and Jaxon Jill will perform Saturday night at the Eden Golden Apple at 634 Monroe St. Weekend entertainment begins at 10. Mark Bishop, a former winner of the Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist award, will be the guest at Saturday night’s concert. The Down East Boys and Covington Wesleyan Church choir will sing both nights. The Down East Boys were voted as one of Southern Gospel’s Top 10 quartets for 2008 and 2009. Lead vocalist and group manager Reidsville native Ricky Carden was selected as one of 2009’s Top 10 Lead Vocalists.