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Chapter 48: Part 1 - Life Lessons from the NarroWay Stage

director on stage

We have a motto, of sorts, at NarroWay. During rehearsals, when I start to say it, the cast knows how to finish it. It goes like this:

This lesson, along with nine others, makes up ten of the most significant lessons to be learned from the NarroWay stage.

Since most people will never be in a NarroWay rehearsal, we’ll share these rehearsal life lessons with you.

Rehearsal Principle 1: PERFECT PRACTICE.

rehearsing music

If our cast keeps practicing something the wrong way, that’s the way they perform it. So, every rehearsal we set a goal to correct the mistakes we made previously and rise to another level.

Life Lesson One: It’s one thing to make a mistake. It’s another to keep making it!

Whatever you do in life, do it RIGHT!

Rehearsal Principle 2: “SMILE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU FEEL LIKE IT!”

nubian goat smiling

When your message is the Good News, as is NarroWay’s, it stands to reason that you need to smile a lot!.

But sometimes it’s hard for the cast to smile on stage. Some have handicaps. Some have lost their jobs. Some are exhausted after a long work day. Some are single parents trying to juggle impossible schedules. But before we open the doors to admit an audience, we say, “SMILE!”

smiling boy
man singing
woman smiling
biblical child smiling
biblical lady smiling
biblical girl smiling

Life Lesson Two: Smile!!
If something is making you unhappy, do something about it – NOW!

If there is NOTHING you can do about it, then give yourself NO OPTION but to smile in spite of it. Maybe an opportunity will come when you can do something about it.

Proverbs 15:13 says, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful but bitterness crushes the bones.
Don’t lose hope. Don’t give in. Don’t let it “crush your bones.”

Rehearsal Principle 3: “LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!”

son listening to father

I am well-known for this phrase at NarroWay. Saying the word ONCE has no impact in rehearsals. It’s like telling your children that you’re going to count to three.

Clear communication is key!

children listening

Once, in a performance, I told Rebecca to let the stage manager know that Ken’s mic was dead. But Rebecca understood me to say, “Glenn.”

So Glenn’s batteries were changed and Ken came out for his next scene still dead!

Life Lesson Three: Listening is NOT the same as hearing.

Anyone who has ears that function properly can hear.

Hearing is the act of perceiving sound. If you are anywhere around someone talking, you don’t have a choice but to physically hear them. But LISTENING is a choice! It is a choice to concentrate and process the meaning of what is being said.

Proverbs 19:20 says “Listen to advice and accept instruction and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”

people listening to Jesus

Wouldn’t the world be a different place if, instead of thinking about our next rebuttal, we were to HEED, or make a conscious attempt, to understand what is being said.

Rehearsal Principle 4: “DON’T FLOW LIKE A RIVER!”

actors on stage

This correction is mostly heard when we begin rehearsals for a show. The problem occurs when the cast makes their entrances and, instead of walking in a variety of directions, they follow the crowd.

This stream of people creates a river-like pattern across the stage...

Until Rebecca’s head spins around about four times!

It makes me crazy!
Life Lesson Four: Dare to be different!

goat on feed trough

There are three primary reasons that people “flow like a river.”

1. When people don’t want to expend the energy to think for themselves, they follow the crowd.

2. When people desire security more than they desire to be the unique creation God called them to be, they follow the crowd.

3. When people fear failure, they follow the crowd.

DON’T DO IT! Go in a different direction. Dare to go alone. Life is short - stand out rather than blend in.

Rehearsal Principle 5: TAKE THE STAGE!

biblical cast on stage

At NarroWay this correction means to spread out, claim your space.

Life Lesson Five: Carpe Diem!!

This Latin phrase means, “Seize the Day!” Take your stage! Fill your space!

christmas dancer
biblical soldier on stage

Don’t be overwhelmed by Life! A multitude of responsibilities and opportunities only means that your life is FULL and rich! You are needed, wanted and valuable.

Even Jesus said in John 10:10: “I am come that they have life and that they have it to the fullest!”

TODAY let the world know you are here!

1 Corinthians 9:24 says: “Do you not know that everyone who is in this race is running - but only one is going to win?
Run to WIN!”


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