CU Theatre Arts production of Disney’s Newsies. A musical based on the Disney film. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Jack Feldman. Book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Last Friday’s ConnectFest was a brand new idea for serving our local community. We are estimating that 700 people were on campus throughout the course of the 10-hour event. While we definitely enjoyed seeing alumni and friends of Calvary, it was extra wonderful to welcome those who have never set foot on this campus before. What a fun introduction to our school!
Friendly faces welcomed guests to ConnectFest.
ConnectFest was like a carnival and a community festival all rolled into one FREE day of excitement. Attendees were given 20 free tickets to play carnival games and win prizes. There were also more than a dozen rides, inflatables, and other attractions that young and old could do for free.
Trackless train ride
Slip ‘n’ Slide
Vendors and local businesses set up booths to sell their items or promote their services, and they did not have to pay any fees to participate. Several local churches also used this opportunity for community outreach.
Music, Food, and Fireworks
Josh Freerksen sang on stage.
No festival would be complete without live music, and we had plenty! Calvary students, Blue Ridge Christian School students, and local artists performed on an outdoor stage. We also enjoyed spoken word, drama, dance, poetry, and comedy mixed into the performance schedule. Terry Magelssen, a Christian illusionist, performed a show that was enjoyed by all ages. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the delicious food that was available to purchase from various food trucks. To top off a great day, we had a 13-minute fireworks show!
Thank you, Lord, for holding back the rain and providing a breeze on a hot day. Thank you, Admissions Team and ConnectFest committee, for all your hard work in dreaming up, planning, and implementing this BIG IDEA! Finally, thank you, volunteers, for running games and rides, picking up trash, handing out tickets, giving out prizes, etc. This event would not have been such a success without YOU!