“Glimpses of Truth” Returns
Quintin Allen (left) and Dr. Don Wallace (right) show off their dramatic side for the camera. Both are directors for the returning “Glimpses of Truth” ministry. (Photo by Lauren Stoops)
By Lauren Stoops
BPC Staff Writer
After a three year hiatus, the Brewton-Parker drama ministry, Glimpses of Truth, has returned to the main campus. “I originally viewed it as a retirement,” Dr. Don Wallace, the program’s director, said while reflecting on the last performance in 2010. Then why bring Glimpses of Truth back?
“I want to set a program into place that uses drama to minister to churches long after I’m gone,” Wallace stated. “The program is about using Christian drama to uplift and exhort the body of Christ,” he said. Fresh support from campus administration and BPC President Dr. Mike Simoneaux has also played a key part.
Thirteen students have already joined the new Glimpses of Truth team. Every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, they gather together to rehearse skits, laugh together, and grow together. One student, freshman Quintin Allen, has especially become involved in Glimpses of Truth.
Allen originally met Wallace when touring the college as a high-school student. Realizing Allen’s interest in the drama ministry, Wallace requested an audition tape. “I thought he would hate me, and I would start as just an actor and have to work my way up,” Allen said. Instead, Wallace appointed him as student director. Just what does a student director do?
“Look pretty,” Wallace quickly quipped. More serious responsibilities include assisting Wallace, supervising skit rehearsals both during the scheduled times and outside of them, throwing out ideas, and sometimes solely directing a skit. In the future, the student director will also be responsible for coordinating performance events.
“I want to light a torch to pass to the future,” Allen declared as his vision for the drama troupe. He said Glimpses of Truth is close to what he wants to do with his future as it involves both drama and God. He likes the fact that he doesn’t have to be secular with the skits.
The program first began in 2000 when Wallace was asked to direct a theatre production. The original program consisted of twenty-five skits. The name comes from Clara H. Scott’s 1895 hymn “Open Mine Eyes,” in which the first verse states: “Open mine eyes that I may see / Glimpses of truth thou hast for me.” After the first performance, the group began taking the program to churches as a form of ministry.
Glimpses of Truth currently has thirteen different skits they are practicing. They will be performing at the Baron Bash on November 10, but they are ready to perform now. Any churches interested in a performance, from ten minutes to one hour, and for any occasion, are encouraged to contact the directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The skits range between 5-10 minutes and all contain a Christian message despite being designed to entertain. Students who are interested in joining the program should also contact Wallace or Allen for more information.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.