Southern’s Destiny Drama Company will perform “The Witness” for their annual home performance on April 13. The free vespers event in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists begins at 8 p.m. and the public is invited. The program will also be streamed live online.
Written by Tom Goddard, director of Destiny Drama, and Nathan Plank, senior English and international studies major, “The Witness” follows two young men and their group of friends living during end times. As their world is turned upside down, each of them is forced to come to terms with their own spirituality. Plank hopes that through the play the audience will be encouraged to look at their own lives and relationship with Jesus.
“We want to ask the audience, ‘When the time comes for you to stand up and be a witness, what are you going to do?’” Plank said.
Destiny Drama has been working tirelessly to finish details on all of the sets and props for the play, and Plank said rehearsals are going well since the group has already performed “The Witness” several times this year on various tours.
Begun in1980, Destiny Drama Company is comprised of 10 actors, two technicians, and a videographer. The group, part of Southern’s Campus Ministries, has toured to different schools and retreats in many states this year, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and Tennessee. Each show included “The Witness” as well as shorter sketches and improvisational programs.
Yet this group is about more than just memorizing lines and stage movements. Destiny Drama members experience fellowship with each other and take pride in their ministry of sharing Christ through acting. Cassie Matchim, freshman allied health major, has enjoyed her first year with the group and believes it’s been a great year for the company, one that has brought the members closer to each other.
“There’s a big level of trust and confidentiality in a group like us,” Matchim said. “We laugh, we fight, we cry, we act like fools; but through it all, we’re still this family.”
As the clock counts down, the company is excited about performing for their home audience.
“Southern is always our best, most responsive audience,” Plank said. “We’re pretty enthusiastic about the chance to show Southern what we’ve worked so hard on this year.”
Those interested in being a part of the 2012-2013 Destiny Drama Company may audition at the beginning of the fall semester. More information will be made available around campus at that time. For further inquiries, call Tom Goddard at 423.236.2449 or 423.236.2119.