The Theatre and Today's Liturgy: A Comparison Between Liberal and Conservative
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"After launching into Oliver!, and planning everything, I've "been informed" that I can't do it because it's not church related." I was told that in was inappropriate. This raises as interesting question. Should theatre be a threat to the ideas of modern Christian belief? if so, this may mean that theatre no longer has a function in the Church.* However, this is not so, in Liberal branches of the Church, theatre is still used as an integral part of the liturgy.* What appears to be happening ts a schism in the concept of what is appropriate for worship. It strikes me as odd that my personal experience as that of a threat was in the context of a performance that had nothing to do with the worship process. My theatrical project was to be totally extracurricular to the liturgical process of this church, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, California. (FOP) It baffled me that just because the project was connected to FOP, it should only reflect the ideas of this Conservative congregation. Bafflement often turned into cynicism as I wondered if they actually felt that my interpretations of a theatrical piece were going to poison the minds of the youth. All of these ideas will be addressed later with the help of some comparisons to the mideival era and works on the function of liturgy. First, however, I would like to briefly cover the path which my personal experience covered.