Theater company to hold performance, workshop at First Presbyterian Church

Holly Viers • Aug 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — First Presbyterian Church’s first ever performing arts series is winding down with a live show and acting workshop.

Friends of the Groom Theater Company will lead both events on Sept. 6 and 7, and tickets are still available. Mark Davis, director of music ministries at the church, said the group will engage an audience of all ages with unique stories and powerful messages.

“This drama troupe of three professional actors and playwrights is nationally known, and they are brilliant at writing scripts that hit us in our everyday life. … They are extraordinarily entertaining, but their message is very poignant, too,” Davis said.

The performance

First, the theater company will perform a show called “The Case of the Missing Bodies” and other stories on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 100 W. Church Circle.

The actors will perform Acts chapter 12 in the style of a 1940s Humphrey Bogart detective movie. Cincinnati Magazine called the performance a “refreshing combination of excellent acting, direction, and unusual material,” while Calvin Reber of United Theological Seminary called it “just the right combination of lightness and probing stimulation.”

The workshop

The next day, Friends of the Groom will hold a theater workshop at the church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class will include a variety of drama and storytelling activities, including five ways to perform a story in church and using drama in worship and education.

The workshop will also offer “techniques for bringing scripture alive in worship, along with practical information about where to find resources for Christian theater and storytelling,” a press release states.

“They can take anybody of any training level, including complete amateurs, and arrive at a most amazing … result that’s very effective,” Davis said.


To make reservations for the performance, visit firstpreskingsport.org or call (423) 245-0104. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and they will also be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event.

Workshop participants should register by Aug. 30 by visiting firstpreskingsport.org or calling (423) 245-0104. The cost is $15 per person, and lunch will be provided.

Why attend?

“They’re contagious,” Davis said. “They’re so much fun, but they’re also top-notch actors and writers. We thought this would be an exciting new dimension to the performing arts series.”