Tullahoma Tennessee Music
On Sunday there was a bit I might not have liked to hear it from the pulpit, but that was what I went to church in Tullahoma, Tennessee. An email circulated to religious leaders in the region alerting them to a Pulitzer Prize - an award-winning musical about the tragic death of a young woman in a car accident. My uncle and grandfather were also pastors in the church, and I was told they were sent a copy of the original email with a link to an article about it. However, I spoke to other pastors and friends, some of whom, I am told, who had received it, said they had received it.
They also did not respond to an email from a colleague, which I wanted to confirm directly and reach out to her colleagues.
In any case, I think it is important to say that the pastors of Tullahoma have every right to communicate and preach to each other as they see fit. You can do your own research on RENT and visit the PACT page or Facebook for a brief description. I hope and trust that this message will be accessible to all people, including those who reflect what you see in Rent or want to participate in it. But I also hope that those of you who have heard or read the pastoral message of Rent should take the time to read more about it, listen to some of its songs and also to reconsider its words, in case you are urged to judge them in advance.
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I have tried to speak to leaders of the theater community, including the current leaders of PACT, and agree with many of my pastor colleagues and concerned parents that this is inappropriate for the group. The parents and the local theatre management apparently slept at the wheel the whole time, but were ultimately responsible for their actions.
As an independent organisation, we have the right to determine our creative direction, with the audience as the ultimate arbiter of our work, and we can use that. Playing is about seeing people for what they are, not judging them by their choices or even our weaknesses. We have to embrace moving conversation because we never know what happens to others when we stop playing. The journey that so many young people undertake, whether they find themselves as musicians, strippers, performance artists or filmmakers, is a journey of the self - discovery and discovery of who we are and what is lost along the way.
When I start thinking about those who try to silence our voices, I think about what happened in my little town and how I would feel if someone tried to silence my own. I think about the people who try to silence my own voices. I feel that there is hope because there are no other options, and I am so grateful for that.
Rent is successful because so many people can find their own family and friends on stage and that community is so much more than just music.
It is not uncommon to find artists who want to expand their wings beyond the previously defined mission, which this spring included a version of Robin Hood at PACT. With the majority of current performers aged between 18 and 20 and the group in charge, there is more of a theatrical canon for young adults to explore, and no one should be surprised if this intention is confirmed in the local press. This is not a typical diet, but creative artists deserve the chance to grow and grow, as we start with a focus on the under-18s. Only two of our performers are over 18, so although they only need a permit for auditions, they must register with their parents "permission to ensure they remain engaged in the arts.
The production of Rent in Tullahoma is scheduled to open next Friday, presented by the community company PACT at the South Jackson Civic Center. Although preparations for production began several months ago, there were some minor skirmishes during the performance, according to the leading company, but everything went smoothly, including the fact that our ensemble was greeted by a Tennessee Rent production that just ended last weekend in Johnson City.
I wanted to be part of a theater group in Tullahoma that was performing RENT, but I thought we had to wait for a better production. I may have written an editorial about it for the local paper, and I am glad I did because I might have had to.