Monthly Archives: September 2013

Orphans “Star” in First Sam Shade Rehearsal

Kyle, Keaton, Lydia, Jackie, Hailey, Abby G., Taylor, and Riley get first look at script

Kyle, Keaton, Lydia, Jackie, Hailey, Abby G., Taylor, and Riley get first look at script

If Tommy Teletype had been there, he would have said, “Whoo–ee!” But it was an orphan-only first rehearsal for Sam Shade and The Case of the True Meaning of Christmas.

Our fabulous “gang of 8” got their first look at the script, went over all their songs, and generally had a good time getting to know each other. This is a cute, smart, talented group with some good singing voices and the ability to grab hold of a role quickly.

In the spirit of our recent blog post on “Success is a Good Thing” and the Unlimited book and movie, our orphan gang agreed that we should set the bar high and reach for the stars! We think they can do it!

"Joey" (Jackie) pretends to hold back "Flossie" (Lydia) as the other girls look on

“Joey” (Jackie) pretends to hold back “Flossie” (Lydia) as the other girls look on

They will be a pleasure to work with, and they will bring a lot of entertaining energy to this show! Actually, 6 of them were part of A Pirates’ Tale cast this summer.

Chip Conrad was on hand to help with rehearsal, and Abby Cranfill took some great pictures as these kids got their first introduction to FFP’s exclusive, all-original tale of Sam Shade, private eye.

Later today we have the whole-cast read through. Everyone finds out who they are!

The "Gang of 8" -- Blind Bart, Einstein, Nan, Millie, Joey (Josephine), Becky, and Sparkie

The “Gang of 8” — Blind Bart, Einstein, Nan, Millie, Joey (Josephine), Becky, Flossie, and Sparkie!

Look for more pictures as rehearsals roll along and this show comes together.

Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and keep up with both our FB posts and our Blog.

And mark your calendars for Sam Shade Christmas fun and entertainment in December!


Success is a Good Thing

FFP LogoYes, indeed, success is a good thing — because genuine success will improve the lives of others, inspire others, and benefit you and those who depend on you.

We want FFP to be successful. We want each production and each product to be successful. And we want every FFP cast member to be successful.

Now, how do we define and measure success? Many people will think first about money, because, without someone, somewhere, making a profit, no business and no family can survive. Someone has to make a profit to support “non-profits” — churches, ministries, services, and, yes, even the government. Profit is a good thing.

When we measure the success of one of our productions, we ask these questions:  Did we make a profit? (Enough to continue to exist!) Did we reach new people? Did we get positive feedback? Are cast members, and parents, and audiences pleased? Actually, in the relatively short time FFP has existed, we have been investing — in creative material and in people — with the intent that those investments will produce a profit in our publishing projects.

Happy Cast!

Happy Cast!

When we look at an individual cast member, we ask these questions: Did they enjoy themselves in a nourishing environment? Are they pleased with their performance? Are they more confident? Did they improve their communication and performing skills? Did they learn something “profitable” to them? Did they make any personal breakthroughs? When you see a shy young person suddenly (or gradually) become excited about theater, performing, and being creative, then those are dividends that feed the soul and inspire more creativity.

We call that success! Now, if we can manage to create a profit somewhere, we can continue to provide family-friendly opportunities for young performers, and produce new creative material that others can use and enjoy.

What inspired me to write about success? I read a book titled Unlimited by Christian writer Davis Bunn. (It’s fabulous!) It was written to accompany the movie Unlimited, soon to be released. It is all based on the true story of an extraordinarily successful man named Harold Finch. This man invented the “bar-b-que” roll for the Apollo space program that dispersed heat and cold around the capsule and allowed the astronauts to survive — and to reach the Moon! Tom Hanks mentioned it in the movie Apollo 13.

Harold went on to establish and then sell two very successful businesses and to travel the world, teaching his “keys to success” to tens of thousands of people — professionals, students, everyone. His success allowed him to establish his family’s Wellspring Foundation and sponsor a thousand missionaries, and inspire hopeless, cast-off orphans to achieve great personal success.

Unlimited book imageUnlimited takes place in one of those orphanages and one of the main characters is directly inspired by one of those “hopeless” orphans. The young leading man of the picture is from University of North Texas! The movie is already coming to Arlington, but we in the Denton region need to request that they bring it to Denton! Look up “UnlimitedtheMovie” and get a copy of Bunn’s book. You’ll be glad you did. Then you can get a copy of Harold Finch’s book and you’ll really be glad you did!

Here are a couple of quotes from Harold:

God has instilled in each of us a powerful reservoir of talent and ability — largely untapped forces ready to be unleashed to supernaturally energize His wondrous plans and purpose for our lives.


What my mind can conceive, believe and desire, I will achieve!

Of course, that’s in the context of the first quote!

Those are from The Three Keys that Open the Door to Great Success. I’ll be writing more about this soon, so stay tuned!