Bethany Theatre Department to present “Nathan the Wise”

The Messiah Festival of the Arts kicks off with the Bethany Theatre Department production of Nathan the Wise” by Paul D’Andrea, April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the rebuilt J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg.

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Director Carl Issacson gives instructions to performers at a recent rehearsal

Directed by Carl Isaacson, D’Andrea’s work is a loose adaptation of the famous German poetic drama by Gotthold Ephriam Lessing. Lessing’s work has been hailed as a masterpiece of poetry. D’Andrea’s adaptation is prose and only loosely uses Lessing’s work.

At the heart of the story is thelegend of the rings.  A father has a ring of authority.  This ring conveys to the holder both power over the masses and the love of the masses.  The father received the ring from his father and was prepared to pass it on to his son – but he had three sons and loved them each alike.  To which should he give the ring and the power and the authority that went with it?  Distressed by being forced to make a choice among his three sons, the father had two additional rings made, each indistinguishable from the original.  Each son is given a ring, and each son is told that his ring is the true ring.  The father passes, and the three sons each assert authority.

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Priority Seats Now on Sale

Priority Seats for the 133rd Messiah Festival of the Arts concert events in Lindsborg, Kan., are now on sale.  Priority Seating runs Jan. 1st through Feb. 15th, and allows patrons to save their favorite seats year after year.

Concert offerings this season include “Messiah Mosaic” on Palm Sunday, featuring the renowned Apollo Chamber Brass quintet from Denver, CO;  Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday; and the traditional Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society and directed by Dr. Mark Lucas.  Continue reading

2014 Messiah Festival Theme and Season Offerings announced

The Messiah Festival of the Arts announces the theme for the 2014 season, “With One Voice.”   This theme was chosen to reflect the three fine arts mediums of the Messiah Festival – art, music, and theatre – coming together in perfect harmony to create this festival of the arts.  Additionally, each individual art medium has its own ‘voice’ to share within the larger whole, be it a physical voice, as in music, or a conceptual voice, as in theatre and art.   The Scriptural inspiration for this theme is Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

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Student artwork chosen for Messiah Festival Juried Exhibition

art_Messiah2013Juried-Art-ExhibitionWorks of art by 21 student artists will be on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition on March 24 to April 2 in Mingenback Art Center.

The exhibition is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, at a reception in the gallery.

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