Enter the story of six saints’ lives with these dynamic, performance-proven plays for youth ages 8 and up. These plays make perfect Vacation Church School projects or additions to your youth program. They’re presented in order of the feast days of the Saints, from April to December for ease of planning. Learn immersively about St. Innocent of Alaska, Holy Queen Tamar, St. Paraskevi, St. Panteleimon, St. Nicholas of Myra, and the Three Holy Youths, and bring your church family into the story in a way that they will remember!
Christine Siampos grew up in suburban St. Louis, switching between two parishes her entire life. After performing in a play at Vacation Church School, she developed a passion for storytelling that accompanied her throughout her life. She spent her middle and high school years in private schools, reading fiction and developing her own stories, many of which are inspired by Greek Orthodox themes. Not forgetting the origin of her gift, Christine wrote her first play, “Into the Flames”, when she was in high school, based off of the story of the three youths in the fire. It debuted that summer, performed by the middle-schoolers of the very same Vacation Church School that she attended. The success of the play gave birth to a yearly tradition; her spiritual father would give her a saint and she would write and direct a play about his or her life, hoping to teach and inspire as well as develop her own writing style.Now, Christine has expanded her storytelling style to include film, prose, and photography in addition to her play-writing. She’s graduated from Webster University with a BA in Media Communications with an emphasis in writing and filmmaking. One of her short films was selected for a student film festival, and she’s currently working on several fictitious book series and screenplays to share with the world.
Elina Pelikan’s illustrations draw on her iconography background, her familiarity with Orthodox Christian symbols, and her rich experience directing youth theater. Elina is an Orthodox artist whose digital art, illustrations, and other art and teaching revolve around the center of her work as a Byzantine iconographer. In Elina’s words, “Iconography is unlike any artform I have ever worked with, as it is more than just the paint and board or canvas that I am working with; it truly becomes a window to something deeper and greater, a cooperation with God and His saints. In visual art I used to feel most fulfilled when sculpting-I love working in 3 dimensions, but in iconography the third dimension is the very real and present spiritual dimension.” Elina has worked on illustrations for other forthcoming projects for Park End Books, but Into the Flames is her first foray into full book illustration.
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