Last 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.