Thai Folk Drama April 8

A taste of Thailand is coming to Denton. On Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. First Christian Church, Denton will host a dance/drama troupe from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The troupe is currently on a performance tour covering several states, including Texas. The dancers and actors are professional staff members of the Christian Communications Institute (CCI), the evangelistic arm of the university. Chiang Mai is a cultural and educational center in the northern region of Thailand.
The Institute was established almost 40 years ago for the purpose of teaching Christian truth through the use of Thai cultural expressions. During the school year these artists lead week-long renewal programs for elementary and secondary students. They teach ethical and spiritual values by using music, dance and drama. During the winter months the troupe performs traditional melodramas in rural villages on outdoor stages. Although the Institute’s principal ministry is in Thailand, its performers have presented their art in more than a dozen countries on four continents.
During their current tour the CCI troupe is featuring several dances from the four regions of Thailand. The program is concluded with a traditional Thai melodrama based on the parable of Good Samaritan.
The performance is free to the public; however, there will be an opportunity to donate toward the cost of transportation for the artists.