Still Small brings in touring shows at a low cost as a tool for both outreach - sparking meaningful conversations through the heart-language of story - and "in-reach" - encouraging and challenging those who already know The Story.
We also offer several classes and workshops which can be hosted by your church or ministry.
Available Live Shows
** COVID -19 update: During the pandemic, we realize live performances are out of reach for most venues. We look forward to seeing you again, and encourage you in the meantime to check our our new online offerings! **
Actors have consistently mentioned how meaningful it is to work on Still Small shows, and we wanted to extend that opportunity to more people! This introductory course covers the basics of theatre as well as how theatre can be used to deepen our relationship with God. Available to book at your church, school, community center, or just with a group of friends!
consists of six 2-hour class sessions + a rehearsal and final performance
ends with a staged reading (performance with scripts in hand)
open to all ages
can be scheduled at convenience of group (once a week, twice a week, as a weekend retreat, etc.)
minimum class size: 6
$50 per person for entire course (reduced to $40/person for more than 10 people)
instructor's gas expenses are the only cost directly to the hosting venue
Actor's Toolbox Workshop Series
In this series of 4 workshops, participants of all experience levels hone and add to their list of acting skills. Workshops allow actors time to explore techniques, ask questions, and practice hands-on under the guidance of an instructor, building on the information in our training videos. You may book a single workshop or the whole series. Workshop topics cover:
Scene Scoring and Intention
Character Work Part 1: Stepping Into the Story
Text and Monologue Work
Character Work Part 2: Establishing Character History
Other Workshops and Consultations
If you would like to schedule a one-time workshop or other training time with your church, school, or group, e-mail us at email@example.com! We are happy to discuss your needs. (Topics can include acting, creative ways of seeking God, how to effectively read Scripture aloud, and more!)
A Few Frequently Needed Answers:
How much does a show cost? There are two payment options: $250 with Still Small accepting donations at the door, or a $400 flat fee so you can offer it completely free or use it as a fundraiser for your own cause. (Costs for the Christmas and Easter shows are $150 or $300, respectively.) Mileage is added for venues farther than 100 mi from Beverly MA. Classes are $50 per participant for all 6 sessions. Is it kid-appropriate? It often depends on the child. Generally we recommend How I Met Our Father and The Diary of Perpetua for middle school and older, because they deal with some serious subjects such as substance abuse and persecution. Today, In This Town is great for pipsqueaks on up!
We don't have a stage – is that OK? Yes! Our shows are designed to tour and to adapt to the spaces we have available. All you really need is an empty space the size of a living room or larger, and some chairs.
Can you do it for a Sunday morning church service? Yes! The Day Between and Today, In This Town both run between 20 and 30 minutes and can easily fit into a church service. Our other repertory plays are longer (about 90 minutes), and thus may be harder to fit into a service, but it all depends on the needs of your church.
How much advance notice do you need? We ask that you book at least 1 month ahead so that you have time to advertise in your area and actors have time to adjust their schedules accordingly. You're welcome to schedule as far in advance as you like!
How do I schedule a performance? Pick a date you want us there, and e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the booking form here on our site! We'll send you everything you need to promote the show in your community, including printable flyers, Facebook event links, and blurbs to be put into bulletins and websites.