Join us this summer for KIDS ROCK, an exciting new program for children with fun activities and crafts, exciting outdoor games, important Bible lessons, and rehearsal for a children's musical "Jailhouse Rock!"

Registration Info

Click here to register! Space is limited!


*We have filled our preschool slots at this time. If you'd like to be on the preschool waitlist, please register your child, and as space becomes available, we will let you know if a spot opens. 


Kindergarten through sixth grade spots are still available.


Materials Fee:

$45


Dates and Times

Wednesdays Night Program 6:30-8:30pm:

July, 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, *22

*On August 22 we will have an invitational dress rehearsal and family celebration night. Please plan to join us on this special evening. This is a great time to take photos.


Other important rehearsals:

Saturday, August 11 & 18 10am-12pm


Performance Date:

Sunday, August 26

Time to be decided (morning time)


Audition Info

Children age 7 and up who are interested in speaking and singing solo parts can audition on Saturday, June 16th. Sign up for a time on the registration form or email Jamie at neelsvillekids@gmail.com.


How to audition for a speaking role: 

We realize for some children this is the very first audition experience. What a joy! Please know we are kind and patient, and eager to help your child succeed. We will encourage good auditioning habits by asking them to enter the room with the directors and introducing themselves. Your child can memorize a short monologue to recite at the audition. We will post options for those monologues here on this website very soon. We will also have short scenes your child can read from on the day of audition that the directors will give to your child. 


Children who would like to audition for a vocal solo can sing any song of their choosing. A CD player will be available to use if accompaniment is needed. They can sing without accompaniment too. We are looking to hear about a minute of singing.


Parents will not be allowed in the audition room but can wait outside in the check in area.


Read this article for more helpful hints for auditioning. https://www.nymetroparents.com/article/how-to-help-kids-ace-theater-and-acting-auditions

About the musical "Jailhouse Rock!" by Celeste Clydesdale

"Jailhouse Rock!" is an upbeat musical teaching children about our freedom in Christ as believers. The musical begins as the children are off for a fun week of hiking and swimming at Camp Koinonia. But as they arrive, the skies open up with a torrential downpour and they become "stranded" in the Mess Hall... much to their disappointment. As the children feel "locked up" inside, the Camp Director, Mr. Livingston, and the Junior Counselors, Peter, Paul, and Mary teach them about Paul, Silas, and Peter's experiences being "locked up" and how prayer and praise makes a difference. Also, with a surprise visit via video, Joni Eareckson Tada shares her testimony and teaches the children that God has a sovereign plan for each of us. Even though sometimes we may be confined, we are  always free in our hearts. Through these events they learn that true freedom comes from being reborn in Christ.



Q. & A.

Q: Is it ok if we don't attend Neelsville Church?

A: Absolutely! We would love to have your child part of this program. 

 

Q: My child has no singing or acting experience; is that ok?

A: We are so glad your child will be joining us! No experience is necessary. This will be a great time for your child to learn vocal and performing arts skills that can increase confidence and poise. And even if performing isn't their thing, there are a lot of other fun aspects of the Kids Rock program.

 

Q: If my child doesn't want to perform in the musical but wants to enjoy the full night's program, is that ok?

A: Please email our director at neelsvillekids@gmail.com to discuss possibilities for this. There are other tasks such as set design and sound and lighting tech that children can be part of.

 

Q: Is it ok if we miss a lot of the rehearsals? We have a lot of vacations planned.

A: It's summer, so we completely understand that it's traveling time. Please let us know in advance (even on the registration form). If you know your child will miss more than two rehearsals, this program might not be the best fit.  It will be director's discretion to give a spot to a child who can attend more or allow participation in the program nights but not the final musical performance if the child is not familiar with their part, music, and choreography.

 

Q: Are volunteers background checked? 

A: Yes, safety is a priority. All adult volunteers are background checked prior to serving with this program.

 

Q: If my child is born after the cut-off date, can we make an exception?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot make this exception to be fair to our families and leaders. But we do hope your child can join us next year!

 

Meet our Kids Rock Director

Jamie Swope is our Director of Children's & Family Ministry here at Neelsville. She has a bachelors degree in theater arts from San Diego State University with an emphasis on using theater in the classroom. Jamie has performed in and directed several shows to include shows for children and with children. She loves how theater can showcase God given talents to His children and be used as an art form to bring worship and glory to our Heavenly Father.


Also on our Kids Rock team are many amazing, dedicated volunteers with musical gifts and talents and those who are passionate to share God's love with children and families.


To contact Jamie, email her at neelsvillekids@gmail.com