Why the poison dart frog logo? If you go to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, you will find live poison dart frogs on display. One drop of their venom can kill a person. When I worked at the Museum, guests would ask me, “What if they get out?”. I informed them that we did not feed the frogs the food they need to eat in order to manufacture the poison. As I prayed for a name for this theatre, God gave me the vision of the blue poison dart frog, and I realized it is a very powerful symbol of why we do what we do with producing family-friendly, God -honoring shows- because you become what you take in! If you feed your sinful nature, you will become toxic, and sin leads to death. You feed yourself by what you take in with your eyes and ears, and it goes straight into your mind and heart. There is enough toxic secular productions in the world, and we will provide a safe, uplifting, Christ-honoring place for creative people to use their gifts, and productions that feed the spirit!
What is the Dream?
The dream for FROG Family Theatre is not so much a season of shows, but a calling. As the Lord God spoke to His people Israel in the midst of prostituting themselves to other gods, so He speaks to us today. We have forgotten our first love, we have neglected the Word of God, we have halfheartedly taught our children as we walk along the road, and we, His Bride, are falling apart.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6: 4-8
Since the beginning of time, a great war between good and evil has been and is being fought. Satan has tried to steal away the very thing God loves most- us. I truly believe the Lord is longing to speak to His people, as in the time of Hosea, wooing them and calling out to them, even though they have given in to the lie and the darkness of the culture they live in. They have sinned against the Lord God, yet, He is ready to redeem them from their sins and make them into the spotless Bride they were meant to be.
I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in[a] righteousness and justice,
in[b] love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in[c] faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the LORD. Hosea 2:19-20
It is FROG Family Theatre’s purpose to join the Lord in His mission of redeeming love, and to be God’s hands and voice and feet to a lost and dying world, and to His wayward Bride. Have you have ever heard the saying, “I was at a fight and a hockey game broke out.”? It is kind of like that. “We joined the army of the Lord, and a play happened.” So it is not about the cast or the shows, or what amazing set we are going to build, or how much applause we get, it is about loving God more than ourselves, and in faith, stepping out of our comfort zones and using our gifts not on a stage, but in a war.
Have I frightened some of you off? Good. This adventure is not for the faint of heart, because here is the plan:
We will do a show or two ( including Horizons of Gold) to get started and raise awareness of our theatre, possibly on a borrowed stage, but the ultimate goal is to purchase our own building where we will run one particular musical for at least an entire year. The play is called Back to His Heart and is the musical version of the story of Gomer and Hosea. The musical will be an interactive, experiential dinner theatre, and the entire building will be outfitted in authentic looking 1st Century Israel decor. We will have two rooms, one where I am considering having a sader type of “teaching” dinner, then move into the room where the show will be. (We may even invite people to arrive in costume and become part of the show??)
In our own building, during the day, we will have a Theatre Arts school that will use an acting curriculum based on the Word of God and its truth from the very first verse. Here, we will teach the word of God, as well as life lessons on how a person with the artistic personality can survive and stay close to God as they seek to develop and use their gifts for His glory.
Please know, this is a VERY shortened version of the dream, but here is the thing: I need you to sign up for God’s army, not to “do a show”. I need your allegiance to one thing- The Lord God’s redemptive work here in the midst of a lost generation. Let go of your hope of being famous, because the only “stars” we will ever talk about or see in this theatre are these:
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. Philippians 2:14-16
I believe it was no coincidence that Greg, one of the people at our very first meeting had a shofar. In ancient Israel, the shofar was used in battle. Right from the start of this endeavor, the Lord has showed His power and assured us that He walks before us. Who will follow the Lord and join His cause to win His Bride back to His heart?
Artistic Director, FROG Family Theatre