Center Grove Fine Arts Academy
Center Grove Fine Arts Academy (CGFAA) began as an extension of the Worship Ministry of Center Grove Church. As part of the ministry of CGC, the Fine Arts Academy operates within the vision/mission statement of the church:
Where Strangers Become Friends,
Friends Become Disciples, and
Disciples Change the World.
Our hope here at CGFAA is that students and families will build the relationship not only with each other and us, but also with Christ throughout the programs offered here at CGC. The Fine Arts Academy is a work in progress, just as we all are. We have experienced great growth through Christ in the past few years. We began this ministry with just 30 students participating in our first production, Godspell Jr, January 2014, and growing to our more current production, Mary Poppins with over 170 students participating in the show. We are intentional in building relationships with the students, as well as the parents. Our goal is that through the process of a show, classes and camps, students and families alike will begin to see Christ at work in the lives of those around them here at CGC. We’d love to see students and families become friends with us here at CGC, but most importantly to become better disciples and grow in their faith, serving in a church that best fits them. By building relationships and becoming friends which then become disciples, we hope to build up disciples who will change the world.
CGFAA is an educational theater arts ministry. What does that mean? Simply put, we value students and want to see them grow. We don’t want a student to come into an audition and feel the fear of being cut from a show. This means we don’t cut students from the show. Everyone who auditions will be included in the show in some capacity.
Participating in CGFAA is as cost effective as we can make it because we don’t want to ‘break the bank’ for a family who wants to offer a quality opportunity to their child. We have scholarships available for those who need, and offer our productions to students for at $100 per show currently.
We also have begun offering summer camps, that run just $150-175 for the week. The summer camps have a limited number of openings available, so those opportunities are a first come/first serve sign up process that tend to fill up.
Coming to see a show? We’d love to have you join us. Shows are affordable for a family, but that doesn’t mean they are lower quality. In fact, we put lots of work into making the show as high quality professional theater as possible. Ticket prices range from $3-6 per person for the Spring 2018, and will increase just slightly to $5-8 per person starting in the fall of 2018. Here’s what some folks have said about our recent shows:
Looking for ways to get your child involved? Purchase tickets to one of our current productions to see what we do if it’s between auditions. Watch our website for audition information. Anyone ages 9-18 are eligible to participate in the shows. Students must turn 9 by the last performance of the show and be 18 when auditions occur to be eligible. (Current students who are 8, or siblings of current students, will be grandfathered into the program at age 8. Typically students age 8 are admitted in the productions on a case-by-case basis if no sibling is involved.)
Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford our programs. Please contact Mark Landis for more information.
Wanting further information about our programs? Contact Mark Landis, our Worship and Fine Arts Ministry Director with any questions you may have.