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Actors combine fun with faith on MIX stage —

By CIY Staff

Created on 09/25/2018

Among the team of traveling MIX staff members this summer, there are six stage actors. 

These highly creative and engaging young people are integral in helping middle school students have fun while also connecting them to deeper truths behind the teaching during this year’s “Contrast” tour.


Michaela Williams is from Cocoa, Florida. This will be her second year as a stage actor and emcee for MIX. Last year, she went home raving about her experience and got her best friend, Kelly Thomas, of Merritt Island, Florida, to join the fun this summer.


“She told me how much I would love it and I knew I wanted to give it a try,” she said. “We grew up going to CIY events and doing theater together. My goal is to 100 percent lean on the Lord and make this about Him. I want to just be a mirror that reflects students to Jesus and not to me. Of all this, I love the people. We’re all just stinkin’ weirdos, so it’s cool to be yourself, not worry about what others are thinking, and know how cool it is that the Lord is going to use us.”


Williams will be partnered with Andrew Trotter, of Kansas City, and Thomas will be teamed up with Hunter Jones, of Joplin, Missouri. For some returning stage actors, like Jones, this summer will be a whole new perspective on the MIX program.


“Last summer I did Outer Realm,” Jones said. “It was a blast, but I’m excited this summer to work with my team, love what I’m doing and do it to glorify God.”


Paige Jackson, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, said she was feeling confident a week away from the tour kick-off. With a love for her team, the Lord and traveling, Jackson said she’s ready to have fun with students in seven locations this summer.


“Van rides aren’t the most fun at times, but that’s when you get to know each other,” she said. “It’s going to be an adventure. I am just having a great time with my team, the skits and the fast costume changes. It’s crazy and it’s fun.”


Jackson’s stage partner will be Tyler Bade, of Phoenix, Arizona – another returning stage actor for the MIX team. He said students should expect to dislike his character … in a fun way.


“Hanging out with students is the most fun,” he said. “There’s times on stage when they get really excited about things normal people don’t get excited about. You ask them to assist you and they lose their minds. I just love their energy and I think their age group is underestimated a lot of times. They are capable of handling deep concepts and getting through hard things. It’s such a cool thing to see them experience Jesus through the program. I hope to do my job well this summer, be assertive and a pastoral figure – maybe a flight director for students to look toward Jesus.”


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