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Ragtown Is More Than A Theater. It’s An Oasis

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Oasis…that is a great description of Ragtown. That’s really what it feels like, isn’t it? An Oasis for people who have been crossing all kinds of deserts…physical, mental, emotional, spiritual…then here is this place where you lay your burden down, and for a couple of hours drink in refreshing living water. Our wonderful production of “Gethsemane” ends this weekend, and while this particular play has been far more somber than recent shows like “Saint John & The Televangelist” and “Say…

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Healing

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Gabriel Ramirez recently left the Ragtown acting troupe to pursue his career in Wisconsin, having earned a doctorate in engineering. He is a brilliant young man, obviously, and blessed us with his heart and talent for acting over the course of several years. Not only that, but he faithfully made time in his demanding schedule to serve as the sound engineer for our concerts. The walls of one of the stairwells in the back of the theater is covered in…

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GETHSEMANE OPENS THIS FRIDAY

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Last March, standing in the Garden of Gethsemane, looking across at the eastern wall of Jerusalem, I knew that over the next months I would be writing a play about the night Jesus prayed in that sacred place. I didn’t experience the peace there that I had expected. I think maybe I pretended that I did, because everyone else seemed to. What I had instead, was a great sense of both oppression and urgency. I remember feeling unsettled, and trying…

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My Review of Glenn Polk’s New Movie, THE ARROYO

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Last night I got to see my brother and partner, Glenn Polk, on the big screen in Declaration Entertainment’s inaugural film release, THE ARROYO. It was an exciting event, and I am extremely proud of his performance, and delighted that he is getting to experience something that he has always wanted to do. Appearing along with Glenn were several others from our Ragtown family. Playing the town doctor was Jay Young, who sings with me in the Ragtown Gospel Band…

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GETHSEMANE Opens February 21st

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This will be one of the most powerful and meaningful dramas we have ever produced on the stage at Ragtown.  We’ll be sharing some of the stories behind the scenes as we bring this one to the stage. GETHSEMANE will run for only 8 weeks, from February 21st through April 12th. Start making your plans now. It is the final temptation that Christ will face before He endures the cross, and the future of all mankind hangs in the balance….

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“Say Nicklaus” HELD OVER!

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We’re holding over our beautiful Christmas musical, with a Sunday 3 pm matinee on the 15th, and shows Friday the 20th at 7:30 and Saturday the 21st at 3:00.  Having four performances cancelled by icy weather, we felt like we needed to give our audiences another chance to see this wonderful Christmas story. It is a perfect way to start your Christmas celebration with the whole family. Our cast, which includes nine adorable children, all agreed that they wanted everyone…

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The Nature of The Holy Spirit

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Monday Glenn and I shared the bittersweet honor of conducting the memorial service for our dear friend, Mary Raphelt. If you have been to the theater, you have seen her portrait leading into the “Mary Raphelt Hall of Honor where we inscribe the names of the many people who contribute to the ministry of Ragtown Gospel Theater. Mary had endured a long, debilitating illness, and she faced her ordeal with all the dignity and dependence upon the Lord that she…

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CHIP’S BLOG “Shifting Gears”

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I’m working on final re-writes of our next play, which will be called “Gethsemane.” Between now and when this play opens on February 21st, I look forward to sharing some things about how this one evolved, and give you a few peeks behind the scenes as we prepare to bring it to the stage. This is the first play I’ve written since we were in Israel last March, and it has been a very different experience to write about it,…

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DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

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I’ve spent a lot of time pondering Romans 7. You know, it’s that passage where Paul reveals that he, like everyone else, is subject to the flesh.  In the 15th verse he just lays it right out there when he says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do.” I love Paul for the encouragement I receive from knowing that I’m not the only one….

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