What People are saying about DCDA

Tana Wood - fan, sponsor and longtime friend of DCDA

Formerly of Delta Junction, AK

Quality actors, well delivered lines, wonderfully done sets and outstanding costumes….ALL FOR FREE!!  If you have ever been a fan of live theater, you will  more than appreciate what DCDA does.  I have followed Little Theater performances in several States, in large cities and in small towns.  DCDA performances stack up well against any of them.  To make it even better, it is nearly all original material, written by a local Delta Junction  talent. If you haven’t attended any of their twice yearly performances, try just one…you’ll be hooked.

Seth Sutherland - former cast member

Collegedale, TN

The Last Night

 

I carefully set my boots under the clothes rack, making sure that all my costumes and props were put in their proper places. It was the last night of DCDA's spring play, The Carpenter's Touch, and I was putting my stuff away for the last time.The last time!

 

That seemed to be the resounding phrase throughout the entire night. When I got up to sing the first song, the only thing I could think about was, "This is it; this is the last time I'm going to be doing this for the show!" It kept running though my head while conning money off blind Bart, while mimicking Leanna's haughty, austere manners toward Kirk, while backing the sheriff out of the livery, while singing the sad and yet hopeful "Walking Wounded" song, while trying to stop Bart from interrupting the day's peculiar happenings, while showing Eleanor with pride my work as a budding blacksmith, while singing "Amazing Grace" at the end of the show. It all went by as in a dream, every minute marking off something else that I would never do again.

 

By the end of the night, a chapter in DCDA's history had come to a close; one more production was in the past. The actors had put away their props for the last time. They had folded up their costumes, never to be used again for that production. The stage was bare. The pews were empty. It all felt so lonesome, forlorn. Jericho, Nevada would never again hear the cocky sheriff heckling his own neighbors. The voice of the Irish mayor was silenced forever. The school children's happy laughter was never to be heard again in front of the school house. The town drunk couldn't be seen conning money off blind Bart, both were now a thing of the past. The mercantile porch lay bare, with no Leanna busily sweeping the floor with her hands while her eyes and ears scanned the town for a morsel of gossip. The livery stood stark and empty. Even the street was deserted, with no towns folk going about their day's business. The emptiness was almost unbearable.

 

But even though the people are gone and the buildings lay bare, the memories will never be forgotten. There was the time Leanna couldn't open the school door at which the whole cast lost their composure, the time the sheriff forgot Amos's mortgage, the time Gus stuck his tongue out at Virginia when he was supposed to be unconscious from drinking, the time Leanna's bonnet flipped over while "reprimanding" Gus; so many memories that will stay with us forever.

 

And then their was Kirk, the nail-poundin' pilgrim just a hankerin' to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Through his influence, many helpless, desperate country folks were turned from darkness to light. He showed them the power in God's amazing grace; not by preaching, not by lecturing or condemning, but by living a Godly example through practical Christianity. He tried to share his testimony with everyone he met, how Christ saved him from being a miserable sinner and adopted him as a child of God. Even though the stage is now bare and the pews are now empty, the lessons Kirk taught us will ever live on in the hearts of those who participated in and attended the show.

 

It's almost as if we can still hear Kirk saying to each and every one of us, "Was a time I couldn't be trusted, nuther. I got no room to judge ya. Good Lord'll handle that some day. I'm just here to share the good news with you, that Jesus came to redeem ya, not condemn ya. Seems like you got a right to understand that same as everybody else!"

Okeechobee, FL

Some things that stood out to me:

 

1. The crafting of the writing to fit the actors. Simply GREAT! Using talents and highlighting local body of Christ specifics, as well as writing accents into the script.  You brought out the strengths and potential character of the person in the writing.  Excellent across the board, George! Love it [after writing two plays for local church Christmases, and directing the same... hats off! You take it to the highest level!].

 

2. The overall narrative greatly Gospel-oriented. Carpenter's Return was a more quiet metaphor of how Christ is among us... it grows on the watcher gradually, then bam! Carries great power. The Gospel-soaked writing is faithful, accurate, and hits perfect notes -- ribald humor, quiet personal development, more strong didactic and/or evangelistic moments as well as more metaphorical and subtle. All for the sake of presenting Christ, and His offer of healing -- knocking on the front door of the audience, as well as slipping around to the back door, and then trying a couple windows, lol. Getting around barrier with truth in narrative form...

 

3. It may just be me, but I loved your part the most... always the most difficult part in every play, but owned without sweat! Amazing talents, you ole' galoot! lol -- the writing, directing, overseeing, memorizing yourself, carrying the weaker players, discipling, praying, parenting... a combination of a family and a church in DCDA!

 

Just some quick observances, bro!

 

 

Steve Dubois - Sports and Events writer for the Delta Wind newspaper

Dec 23, 2014

As the Delta wind howled outside the Living Waters Assembly of God Church last Sunday night, a packed house estimated at 250 people watched the final production of the Delta Christian Drama Association’s tenth original Christmas play titled “Home for Christmas.” The play was written by George Hosier and Kitty Anderson and directed by Gaylene Hosier, and included a cast of 26 actors and 11 technicians, stage managers, and musicians.

 

Playwright and actor George Hosier estimated that 500 people attended four productions of the play over two weekends. He also said that the cast and crew had been rehearsing two times per week since September. It was obvious that a lot of work had gone into the production based on the quality of the performance and the impressive set and gorgeous costumes.

 

The play begins at a train station in New York City during the 1890s as a group of rowdy orphans and their chaperone are boarding the train to travel west in search of adoptive homes for the children. After the train is underway, they are joined in their railroad car by a rich widow who is traveling to a sanatorium to treat her consumption. Shortly after the train gets underway, dastardly train robbers are frustrated because they thought they were boarding train 221 to steal gold and instead they are on train 122 with the penniless orphans. In their frustration, the robbers decided to rob the orphans of what little they had.

 

Through several plot twists, one of the older orphan girls is discovered to have her baby in a suitcase, the hapless robber Jed turns out to be the son of the consumptive widow who left him in a basket on the steps of a church 23 years ago, one of the orphans is really the grandson of the owner of the New York and Erie Railway train company, and the conductor is really a Pinkerton guard.

 

Eventually the widow discovers her son and they reconcile, the orphans’ chaperone adopts several of the children, the Pinkerton guard adopts several other orphans, and the railroad grandson decides to take the remaining children home to his grandfather. During all of this action, major themes throughout the play include love and forgiveness, the role of Christ in Christmas, and a pro-life theme.

 

After receiving a standing ovation from the audience following the finale, the cast took their place once again in the railroad car, and the train conductor played by Caleb Sutherland gave the train passengers an airline-style safety briefing that had the audience howling in laughter.

 

Once again the DCDA has given the Delta community a remarkable Christmas gift.

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