Delta Christian Drama Association is a community theatrical group based in Delta Junction, Alaska. In January of 2005, founders George and Gaylene Hosier placed an ad in the Delta Wind newspaper, seeking faith-based theatrically inclined volunteers. Upon receiving several enthusiastic responses, they immediately begin writing a script for an Easter performance.
In March of 2005, DCDA presented "Perhaps for a Good Man" to the Delta Junction and Fort Greely community. Set in an inner city soup kitchen, it debuted Richard Hill as Joshua Etters (an ex-Marine turned gentle-hearted laypreacher), Diane Hill as Mary Etters (Joshua's wife), Martin Hosier as Casey Etters (their 12-year-old son), Christie Dubois as Shawna Etters (Casey's teenage sister), Gaylene Hosier as Gooby (a homeless woman, simple of mind, but mighty in faith), George Hosier as Gus "Barstool" Rabus (a local thug bent on running the Etters out of his turf), and April Pugh as Mindy Karns ("Bar" Rabus' girlfriend). Extras included Coby Haas, Mark Lawrence, Cheryl Helkenn and Kena Field. These men and women were the true pioneers of DCDA.
Thus began a Delta Junction tradition of seasonal stage shows, free of charge and committed to excellence, which quickly accumulated a dedicated fan base throughout interior Alaska from Dot Lake to Fairbanks. Several actors, most of them home-schoolers, who began acting with DCDA as young children became regular and favorite performers for several years until college, family or careers called them elsewhere. DCDA will always carry a soft spot in our heart for these seasoned almuni of our close-knit family. In that hall of fame are names such as Heather and Heidi Ueeck, BJ and Kathryn Merrymon, the Sutherland siblings, Noahhna Fullmer and the entire inimitable Holbrook clan. Nor will we ever forget Tiana Shawver or Martin Hosier whose young lives were prematurely taken from us by tragic accidents.
Most of DCDA's scripts through the years have been completely original, or heavily adapted from classic plots. Many hours of work and exhausting production schedules ripened and blossomed into such memorable hits as "What Man is This?" - an account of Longinus who supervised the crucifixion of Christ, "Let Nary You'ns Dismay" - an Appalachian Christmas Carol, "The Prince's Gambit" - a medieval allegory, "The Carpenter's Touch" and its sequel "The Carpenter's Return" set in Nevada during the 1870's, or "Morning's First Beam" - which tweaked Leo Tolstoy's "Martin the Cobbler" into a 1773 pre-revolutionary Philadelphia setting.
Delta Christian Drama Association, being an independent spiritual assembly is not for profit. Legally we are structured as a Corporation Sole. In compliance with AS 10.40.010, we are registered with the State of Alaska as a "Religious Corporation". Our entity number, 129904, may be verified by searching the State of Alaska website. We also have an EIN on file with the IRS. According to the First Amendment of the Constitution for the united states of America, and under section 508 of the IRS code, organizations of our type may exercize their right to a "mandatory exception" to having to apply for tax exempt status (See IRC Title 26 § 508 and IRC Title 26 § 6033).
The bottom line is that while DCDA is a tax excepted charitable religious organization, we are not a 501(c)(3) entity. Like the more familiar 501(c)(3), our Corporation Sole is also a non-profit, and since it is based on a true church or spiritual organization (See the Motivation section below for details about our spiritual organization), does not pay tax on spiritual activities. The distinction can be clarified as follows:
A 501(c)(3) entity obtains "tax-exempt" status by asking the IRS to grant them permission to be placed in this tax category. It is then required to meet rigid policy, organizational and reporting standards in order maintain 501(c)(3) status. Because of First Amendment religious freedom concerns, Congress has never passed any statute anywhere which defines what a church is. However, the IRS has established its own 14-point criteria which they use to help them define a "church" and whether or not that church is eligible to become "tax-exempt". The Tax Court, seperate from the IRS administrative criteria, has adopted its own view, consisting of most of the same criteria compacted into 7 or 8 points. See, e.g., Pusch v. Commissioner, 39 T.C.M. 838 (1980) or Chapman v. Commissioner 48 T.C. 358 (1967). Not all of these criteria must be met by every individual church, since the IRS must allow for the existence of independent churches. As you can see, obtaining and maintaining 501(c)(3) status for a religious entity can be somewhat interpretive.
A Corporation Sole, on the other hand, is encompassed in Internal Revenue Code section 508(c)(1)(a), which acknowledges a mandatory tax exception for a legitimate church or spiritual organization. The state and federal laws requiring a non-profit corporation to maintain a Board of Directors, meetings, minutes and resolutions do not apply to a Corporation Sole, since it is an office held by one person. Ecclesiastical structures such as churches and DCDA need not file for 501(c)(3) status should they choose not to, yet they are allowed to receive tax deductible contributions from their members and friends just like 501(c)(3) organizaitons do.
Currently George Hosier occupies the Office of the Overseer of Delta Christian Drama Association. "The Office of the Overseer Delta Christian Drama Association and His Successors, a Corporation Sole" is the official name of DCDA and serves as the only legal interface between our organization and various legal, financial or regulatory entities. That being said, DCDA has chosen to operate under the advisement of an oversight body and a set of bylaws. Decisions are made through a consensus process and records are maintained of the decisions made during those consensus planning meetings.
DCDA does not function as a commercial entity and does not participate in profitable business. Instead it represents an integrated auxiliary of the ancient spirtual communion of saints (ἐκκλησία or "out-called ones") dead, living and yet unborn who share a multi-membered body with Jesus Christ as its head. Accordingly DCDA cannot be established by, nor can the free exercise of its religious affairs be prohibited by any secular authority.
Every well run organization should have a core philosophy that guides what they do and defines why they do it. In the world of acting, we call this "motivation". As actors build believable characters in order to play a convincing role, one of the most basic questions the actor must ask his or her character is "What is my motivation?" Delta Christian Drama Association's motivation is summarized in our motto: "DCDA: Where Christ Takes Center Stage".
While on the surface this may sound trite and churchy, it encapsulates the philosphy that sets us apart from many other community theater groups. Simply put, we love Jesus Christ. In fact, we're crazy about Him! That being said, we have no denominational agenda. Our cast and crew come from a wide spectrum of Christian belief systems. Our goal is not to condemn, judge or divide our community or our world, but rather to celebrate the unconditional love, hope, healing and purpose that the life, death and resurrection Jesus of Nazareth secured for human beings from all walks of life and all points of view.
Yet as we respect and embrace the diversity of the human race, the DCDA family stands united in our commitment to the most fundamental beliefs of Christian doctrine. This doctrine as distilled in John3:16.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.
Or in the Greek:
Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν Υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁπιστεύων εἰς Αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.
For those who desire a more expanded statement of doctrine, DCDA feels that the ancient Apostles' Creed is concise, comprehensive and scripturally sound enough to serve as our doctrinal statement.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy universal church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Our shows are not preachy. Indeed many of them are not even overtly religious in nature. All are, however, consistent with wholesome family values. DCDA productions may depict lawless villains. We regularly portray human beings caught in a tangled web of vice, betrayal, deceit and corruption. But each show will resolve on a lingering note of moral integrity--of personal responsibility before Heaven and among our fellow man. That is because beneath it all, the founders, cast and crew are thoroughly committed to a message and a lifestyle that honors the victorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of each rehearsal, and before each live performance, the cast and crew of DCDA join together in prayer that Jesus Christ would indeed take center stage. Just before the curtains rise on a live show most theater people offer each other the traditional good luck wish, "Break a leg!" At DCDA we offer an alternative wish:
"Break a heart!"
What does that mean? Are we talking about becoming a dashing handsome leading man or sexy beautiful actress who is a "heartbreaker". No, we are talking about allowing our hearts to be broken and poured out in love for our audience and our community. This is the reason why we want Jesus Christ to take center stage. We don't mean that we expect the carpenter, Yeshua of Nazareth, to appear in a flash of light and physically upstage our performance. Instead we invite Christ's indwelling spirit, Christ's message, Christ's heart to burst out of the confines of our puny humanity as we act and that His healing, gentle, life-giving presence would become visible to our audience as we communicate through the unique medium of quality drama.
Samuel Chadwick said, "It is a wonder what God can do with a broken heart if He gets all the pieces."
The prophet Jeremiah also talked about having a broken heart. The weeping prophet's heart was broken over the brokenness of his people (Jer. 8:21). Here at DCDA we urge our cast and crew not to view themselves as stars who suck admiration and applause from our audience, but as earthen vessels to be broken and spilled out by the Holy Spirit in order to heal the broken world around us. May the omnipotent and eternal Lord God whose mercy endures forever make it so.
DCDA's has many dreams for the future. We want our service to make a positive difference in lives, not only within our local community but throughout Alaska and the world. We anticipate that our perfomances will eventually not only be seen on stage but that they will be distributed by any means possible, including film, social networking and other types of digital/electronic media.
We hope to train future generations of ministry teams who are committed to producing drama and other performing arts which are sychronized with the mind and the heartbeat of our Creator as revealed through his living Word.
We aspire to educate ourselves in techniques which will improve artistic and communicative effectiveness.
We desire to develop a network of like-minded people who wish to participate in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and who share an appreciation of artistic talent which is used for His glory.
We want to provide for the physical, mental, intellectual aesthetic and spiritual welfare of this network and of the community at large in the spirit of Him who said,
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." - Luke 4:18-19 NIV
George and Gaylene Hosier
Founders, actors, writers, directors, costume/set designers and...well...you get the idea!
Tiana Shawver and Martin Hosier
Perfoming together during "The Carpenter's Return". Rest in Peace. We will never forget.
As Longinus during the performance of "What Man is This?" Easter, 2006.
As Betsy Ross in her final DCDA show, "Morning's First Beam". Heidi's outstanding talent blessed DCDA for a decade from age 6 until 2013.
Nathan Sutherland and Lane Skidmore
As orphans in "Home for Christmas". The next generation of DCDA actors emerges from obscurity.