Sunday, September 30, 2007

Exit 316 casting!

This Saturday we had the casting for one of the main roles in Exit 316. Because my dad works on the team, I got to watch all of the auditions, which was so, so fun!

My mom and I came about half-way through the auditions on Saturday and then all day today. We sat in the back and watched as girl after girl auditioned. It was always the same things: 1. Talk for a minute about themselves. 2. Do a monologue (one person talking) specially written for the auditions. 3. Talk to one of the guys (an actor in Exit 316), who helped us get to know them better.

But even though it was all the same, each one played it differently; and that's what made it fun. Some people wore a long skirt; others a hat or a scarf, but they all looked different.

Altogether there were three rounds. Each had narrowed down to a certain amount of girls and each had different tasks. About forty Christian girls tried out from all over the country, then they narrowed it down to nine.

In the end it came down to four girls and then down to one. I think they chose the right person for the role: she's a good actress, knows how to show emotion and is great with interviewing other people.

I loved being a part of this. I have never been on that side of the table - I've always been the one up front. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to experience this. I had so much fun!

This is the girl that won. The one on the left, just in case you were wondering. :o) Her name is Aneta and she's from Prague.

All in all, it was a great adventure and I can't wait for the new season of Exit 316!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

JV Kids camp!

On the 22nd of August, I woke up at 5 AM, got all of my stuff together and drove down to Frydlant with my family where our JVK bus was ready to be loaded. We all said our good-bye's to our parents and drove off. On the bus we had music, books, games and best of all, great friends. About 2/3 of the way in, we stopped in Ljubljana to pick up everyone from Slovenia. After around 5 more hours, we arrived at the place we were staying at 12:30 AM or so. Tired and sleepy, we all scrambled into our cabins and went to bed.

The next morning, I awoke to the sound of the breakfast bell. I got dressed and headed down to the teaching area to have a quick Bible reading with all of the other JV kids. Once that was done, we had American cereal for breakfast! I had Lucky Charms - Yummy!!

After breakfast Becca had a really cool surprise for us. Every year we get one thing to remind us of camp, kind of like a "souvenir". We all came over and Becca said that this year we were getting towels. I looked over at the dining area and spread all across the tables were colorful towels from stripy to swirly to pictures of surf boards, anything you can think of. I was so excited to pick out my own towel! I picked a green and pink one with all sorts of swirls and little pictures. I love it! These towels were given to us by various friends of JV, including my "Aunt M." and Mr. and Mrs. "AG"...THANK YOU!!

I love our group, Akiko. I loved it especially this year because we had Nate and Anna as our counselors. We also did way more things as a whole group not just Akiko boys separate and Akiko girls separate. We had Bible reading in the mornng together which was really cool because we could help each other and learn as a whole group.

This year at JV Kid's Camp we learned about prayer. I think it really helped me and I learned a lot. As always, Queen Blue (Mrs. Pitcher) taught us. One thing I really liked doing was a craft we did. We made prayer beads that remind us to pray either for a certain thing or just for anything. I made beads to remind me to pray for one girl in my class that has some problems in her life. I prayed that God would forgive her and that she would notice his presence.

I really felt God's presence at camp this year, I also really felt connected to the theme. I had never really learned about prayer so most of the things Queen Blue said were new to me. It's hard to express in words what I felt because it was just so amazing.
Also, I really enjoyed the place we stayed at this year. Right by the beach, beautiful weather and instead of tents (Thank you Becca!) we stayed in cabins.

If you look at this picture, you will see two cabins. The one to the right was ours. It's so cool to look at it now and remember all of the great times we had there.

It's so fun being a JV Kid!