It’s Nearly SHOWTIME!

Fondue & FrappéDear friends of Illumination, we are so happy to be able to report a final show date & location for our holiday event, Fondue & Frappé…a festive soirée. There has been MUCH change for Illumination this year. It has been a year of growth, development, & transition for the organization AND its leaders; including a change of rehearsal & performance venues. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, & support. Prayers & efforts have been honored & we will be presenting “Fondue & Frappé…a festive soirée” at First Baptist Church Charlotte on Tuesday, December 9 from 7 – 8:30 PM. We are also thrilled to have been led to our newest community partner, “Option Adoption”. The cast of Illumination was introduced to this local work while receiving training from Cities4Life Charlotte. This local organization has a fantastic story & we have the great privilege of presenting their work & vision to you during the show. We look forward to seeing you very soon! Tickets can be purchased through this website or from a cast member. Remember that your ticket purchase supports the mission of Illumination & that of our community partner. No one with Illumination takes a salary. All teaching, training, & skills/talents of our cast, crew, & supporters are voluntarily invested. Your ticket is a donation to visionary people who are on the front lines working to make a difference in the lives of people in your community.

We’re Moving!!!

When a cast & crew as talented & capable as Illumination develops in under 12 months, you have to MOVE quickly.  And that’s just what we’re doing…we’re moving on UP.  We’re moving Uptown…right into the center of the city.

As Illumination closed out the 2013/2014 performance season, the Illumination leadership team targeted three primary goals.

They are:
1) Increase the size of the cast
2) Find a new weekly rehearsal space
3) Build a greater awareness of our efforts

In order for Illumination to achieve regional recognition for excellence in arts performance, leadership training, & community impact, we determined that we must move from our previous home in Matthews NC and into the center of the Queen City.  As artists and other organizations from around the Metropolitan area become aware of the opportunities presented by Illumination, we know that we must be geographically positioned to better respond to such interest and growth.

Why Uptown Charlotte?  The Queen City

Charlotte center city (also known as Uptown) is the central area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The headquarters for the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America and Duke Energy are located here, as well as the headquarters for East Coast operations for Wells Fargo.

Museums, sporting venues, shops, hotels, and restaurants are heavily concentrated in the city center.  New museums such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010. Charlotte’s center city employs more than 100,000 people and more than 25 million visitors come to Charlotte’s center city to visit a year.

That’s a lot of action and Illumination will be positioned within it so that we may accomplish our mission on a larger scale!  In order for our cast of artists to receive the best training, the best exposure, the best opportunity to accomplish the most measurable good, we must be in an environment that will foster, create, and sustain our initiatives.

Our new home will be on the beautiful campus of FBC-Charlotte at 301 S Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28202First Baptist Charlotte.  Illumination is deeply thankful to the executive staff of First Baptist Charlotte for making this exciting move possible for us.

Onwards and upwards…we look forward to sharing more news with you as we complete this summer’s auditions and design a performance schedule that is sure to illuminate, inspire, and elevate.

Creativity with a Purpose,
Illumination

A Strong Inaugural Year Comes to a Close

Illumination ChoirLast night’s presentation was a strong close to a strong inaugural year!

“Cupcakes and Carols by Candlelight” and “Trifles & Truffles…a dishy revue” were superlative presentations of our signature menu, music, and message approach.  The charismatic and playful cast of performers, ranging in age from 15 to 21 years old, skillfully presented an eclectic program of Disney, Broadway, & spiritual favorites while our guests enjoyed a variety of homemade truffles, trifles, cake pops, and other confectionery accoutrements.  The evening summarily celebrated the joys and memories of childhood while featuring the beautiful work of our community partner, On Eagles Wings.

Illumination seeks your prayers, input, and assistance as we work to position ourselves for an even more effective 2014-2015 season.  Here are our immediate goals for the summer as we move towards the new season:

1)  Build a cast of 15 members.  Preparations for auditions have already begun as we make our plans for our next experiential presentation, “Fondue & Frappé…a festive soirée”…scheduled December 2014.
2)  Find a new rehearsal and performance venue.  The gracious generosity of First Baptist Matthews throughout our opening year has been deeply appreciated.  For 10 months, they have been a home to Illumination rehearsals, shows, and meetings.  Due to our growth and our goals, we must seek venues that continue to align with our vision and our progress.  The need for a larger performance stage, larger seating capacity, better audio/video/lighting support, and a more centrally located base of operations will strengthen Illumination’s ability to train our artists, develop leaders, and more effectively accomplish measurable good for our community partners.
3)  Schedule small-scale performances and cast appearances around the community in order to increase awareness of Illumination and our work.

Your attendance last night and last November was overwhelmingly encouraging. We look forward to having you as our guests again as we plan, prepare, and present two brand new experiences in an effort to illuminate, inspire, and elevate.  It is our desire to accomplish measurable good, to fight the darkness, & to build better people.

Our deepest thanks to the “Father of lights”, our donors, our audiences, our business partners, the cast & families of Illumination, & to our present community partners, “Truth and Mercy” & “On Eagles Wings”!  We are grateful for the support of our cast & their mission.

Fondue & Frappé

December 2014

Be Our Guest!

COMING SPRING 2014

“Trifles and Truffles…a dishy revue”
Tuesday, May 27 @ 7PM
185 S. Trade Street
Matthews, NC 28105

From the producers of “Cupcakes and Carols by Candlelight”, Illumination Choir presents a whole new experience featuring an array of rich truffles & fun trifles, enjoyed during a menagerie of entertaining, lighthearted, and inspirational scenes from popular musicals, chart toppers, classical standards, and more.
Your ticket purchase goes towards the financial support of On Eagles Wings Ministries.  

OEWM seeks to
prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking,
offer assistance to those still trapped,
and restore those who have survived by offering
hope, empowerment, and a brighter future.

Purchase your tickets online or purchase them from a member of our cast.

Featuring performances from:

“Frozen”, “Wicked”, “Toy Story”, “Tangled”, “Sound of Music”…and more!

Concert Tickets!

Illumination presents... Your new holiday favorite.

Illumination presents…
Your new holiday favorite.

This is it!  The night of nights!  No more rehearsing or nursing a part, we know our songs by heart!
Join us for a lovely evening of sweet decadence, illuminating performances, and holiday cheer.
Our artists have been rehearsing for several weeks, learning lessons on leadership, and preparing to meet YOU!

You are cordially invited to join us for “Cupcakes and Carols by Candlelight” on Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 PM on the campus of First Baptist Church, Matthews NC.  Dress up, dress casual, come hungry, and come with expectant spirits.

We will perform favorites, new songs, and share stories of life, love, and celebration.

Tickets are $10 and include desserts, beverage, and a wonderful holiday concert.  You can purchase your tickets online by clicking the “Buy Now” below.  You do not have to have a PayPal account in order to purchase from this page.  If you do not have a PayPal account, look at the bottom of the PayPal screen once you click “Buy Now”, and click the appropriate link.  You may also purchase your tickets from one of our artists or over the phone.  Simply email us at illuminationchoir@gmail.com and someone will contact you promptly.

A portion of all ticket proceeds will go towards the pro-life efforts of Truth & Mercy Ministries.  The remainder will go cover the cost of the concert.  We are pleased to be able to say that all leaders, teachers, and performers within Illumination do not receive compensation for their involvement.

Thank you for your support of our artists and our community!

Merry Christmas!

Creativity with a purpose,
Illumination

Cupcakes and Carols

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Here….Weeeee……Goooooo!!!!

Illumination presents... Your new holiday favorite.

Illumination presents…
Your new holiday favorite.

Our auditions are completed.
Our artists are selected.
Our rehearsal schedule is established.
Our performance is scheduled.
Our community cause has been adopted.
The train is leaving the station!

Check out our young artists for the 2013-2014 performance season by clicking HERE.

We look forward to keeping you updated about our preparations for our first concert, “Cupcakes and Carols by Candlelight”.  You can follow us here, “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter, and join us on the evening of November 30.

Creatively & Purposefully yours,
Illumination

 

Auditions! La, la, la, la, la, la, laaaaaa….

Register today!

Register today!

Our first night of auditions was, in a word, illuminating.  Singer, after singer, after singer, quickly put face-morphing smiles on my face and filled my heart with beauty and humility as I was given a brief glimpse, from the audience, of what great personalities, great minds, great talents, great parenting, and determined hard work can achieve in the lives of young people.

Dolores Broadway accompanied beautifully from the piano.  Davis Carman expertly put students at ease as he asked insightful questions.  The comfort and elegance of the room at First Baptist Church in Matthews did not struggle in any way to match the hopes and visions for this new endeavor we call “Illumination Choir”.  The evening was a wonderful experience from start to finish.

There is one last evening of auditions scheduled for Tuesday, September 3.  Again, they are from 4 to 8 PM.  Register for your time slot on this site.  I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story and your song.

Purposefully and creatively,
Jason