Our God is a God of Beauty and at Pella Christian High School, we seek to redeem the arts for Christ and reflect God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in the art that we create. We believe we can use these God-given gifts and talents as an act of worship to glorify Him in all we do. (Colossians 3:23). We seek to represent accurately the good and evil in our world, the beauty of the world we live in, and its need for redemption.
Engaging in theatre arts at PCHS offers students the opportunity to critique the characters, situations, and stories they examine...and to find themselves in the characters they portray. Theatre for the Kingdom of God is not an opportunity for escapism from the real world, but a redemptive process through which an actor may find his own strengths and weaknesses, and therefore his place in the narrative of grace. By reading, memorizing, and performing diverse works, students will encounter the various worldviews, motivations, and psyches of their characters and balance them against a Biblical worldview. This careful examination will not only foster a greater understanding of the world they live in but also a Christian’s role in that place…and in the process create a richer, more developed dramatic representation of that character.
PCHS’s theatre season opens with Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors comes to vibrant and colorful life in this energetic musical which will also include elementary students in the ensemble. Set to a variety of musical styles--from country western, calypso, pop, and French bistro blues--this Old Testament story emerges both timely and timeless. Ultimately, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a story of faith, the courage to dream and the power of forgiveness. Popular musical numbers include "Those Canaan Days," "Any Dream Will Do," "Benjamin Calypso," "Close Every Door," and "Go, Go Go Joseph." Production dates are October 29, 30 (at 7:00 pm), and 31 (at 3:00 & 7:00 pm) with Reserve Tickets available for purchase on-line beginning October 19.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat October 29-31, 2020
District Large Group January 23, 2021
All-City Home Benefit January 26, 2021
State Large Group February 6, 2021
All-State Large Group February 20, 2021
Twelve Angry Jurors March 26-27, 2021
Celebration! Awards Banquet April 26, 2021
Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards June 7, 2021
PC's Theatre Troupe is an organized group of students who enjoy doing all kinds of theatre and speech-both on stage and back stage. The Theatre Troupe inducts new members each May at their annual end of the year "Celebration!" based on points earned throughout the year. A student needs to earn a minimum of 65 points to become a member. Theatre Troupe Officers for 2020-21 are:
- Morgan Meinders - President
- Piper King - Vice President
- Kaylee Bandstra - Secretary
- Angela Rooda - Treasurer
Typical activities for Troupe members include holiday socials, trips to see professional shows in the area, and workshop opportunities.
Director of Theatre/Speech: Mr. Marlo Van Peursem
Assistant Speech Coach: Mrs. Lisa Van Gilst
Music Director: Mr. Aaron Fitzgerald
Choreography Director: Ms. Brenna Vogel
Technical Director: Mr. Daryl Van Zee
Costumes Chair: Mrs. Lori Vande Zande
Properties Chair: Ms. Kathy Rozenboom
Set Construction Chair: Mr. Jeff Poortinga
Painting Chair: Mrs. Pam Osborn
Lights Chair: Mr. Kent Jansen
Makeup and Hair Chair: Mrs. Kim Beyer
Hospitality Chair: Mrs. Shannon Breon
Box Office Chair: Mrs. Gail Van Beek