Why Does CYT Produce Fairy Tales and Classic Children’s Stories? Why doesn’t CYT do more Biblical stories? What is Christian about doing Fairy Tales? Why are we training children to work in the entertainment field? What is spiritual about children’s literature?
Here are our thoughts on those FAQs:
Fairy tales, children’s literature, and modem fables portray eternal truths that have been part of human understanding since recorded history.
Truths such as:
There is another dimension oflife that can’t be touched, felt or fully understood. There is a greater power that can overcome obstacles.
There is a mystical battle going on in this world that can’t be seen, but it is every bit as real as a physical war.
Even though there are unseen evil forces at war, ultimately good forces will win. There are absolutes!
We all desire to have a purpose in life and to fight the evil forces that interfere with that purpose.
Without sacrifice and pain there is no such thing as true triumph, victory or redemption.
Everyone is unique and has special gifts and abilities that, if used appropriately, can make a difference in the world.
Love is a power that can’t be understood, measured or tested but it can change the world. We all want to be a super hero to somebody else or be pursued by someone.
Fairytales, children’s literature and modem fables explain and teach these values and truths in a much more palliative way. Christ did the same thing when He came to Earth to teach us eternal truths. He didn’t just give us the facts; He wrapped them in stories we could relate to so that we could understand what He was trying to say. He told parables, myths, illustrations and allegories to get His points across. He could have told us just the facts–that God loves us, He came to die for us and He rose again. But He knew we wouldn’t get it! So He told us the same truths over and over again, hidden in stories that we could grasp. “The Prodigal Son,” “The Lost Coin,” ” The Parable of the Sower,” “The Good Samaritan,” and “The Rich Young Ruler” are just some of the great stories that Christ told to teach us about heavenly truths.
When we tell stories in CYT, we teach eternal truths in a format that can be more readily understood by children, as well as by adults. Our “stories” make the truth a little more obvious- a little more exaggerated–so that later in life children can recall the truths in these stories to guide them through the myriad of life’s challenges. These great stories are put truth ina format that speaks to the heart rather than the brain. When an eternal truth is revealed in a story format, there is a much stronger impact and a greater ability to change the mind. Once the heart gets the message the mind often follows. Get to the heart first! And the best way to get to the heart is by storytelling! Great storytelling that teaches eternal truths!
Facts stay lodged in the mind; they don’t speak at the level we need to hear. But, when you tell a story, you speak to the heart. The best stories of all, the ones that bring us the Eternal Truths, they always take the form of parable or, sometimes we say, fairy tales.
Mythic stories (Fairy Tales) help us to see clearly, which is to say, they help us see with the eyes of the heart. (John Eldredge – Waking the Dead, pp. 26-32)
C.S. Lewis described the value of fairy tale in this manner.
The value of. _ _ myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores them the rich significance which has been hidden by the “veil offamiliarity. ”
What are some of the eternal truths that are found in the children’s musicals that CYT resents?
Wizard of Oz: Things aren’t always what they seem and reality doesn’t always look like “Kansas.” A simple Kansas farm girl named Dorothy is used to bring down the Wicked Witch of the West. There are evil forces out there that can’t be totally understood. “Courage,” “love,” and “brains” are revealed through actions, not discussions. The real battles are not fought in Kansas but in another dominion.
Sleeping Beauty: Evil forces have placed a spell on the kingdom and made us all fall asleep to the real battle. We need a Savior to come and kill the dragon and awake us from the powers of this world. But the battle for the Kingdom must be fought with much sacrifice and peril. Kind of sounds like another story doesn’t it?
Cinderella: A young girl, who once was someone, is now cast aside to live among the ashes and cinders under the domination of a mean step mother. Her only hope is a fairy godmother, who hears her prayer. With magic spells she meets her handsome prince, is swept off her feet in a romantic escapade, and lives happily ever after. Sounds like the story of mankind who is waiting for the bridegroom to return after being tossed aside, feeling worthless and needing a miracle to give hope.
Pinocchio: A toy wooden boy who is willing to do anything to be “real” gets lured away by subtle forces. He tries to find happiness and a sense of being alive and belonging, but none of his experiences bring himjoy. All the while he is pursued by the master toy maker who loves him and desires to shower him with the love that he was created to experience. He only becomes “real” when he experiences true love that is unconditional. Don’t we all want to be “real” and be loved unconditionally?
Peter Pan: Peter is a boy who doesn’t grow up. He can fly, he can fight the evil force, and he comes to take the ones he loves to the land where everyone has a hidden desire to live — Neverland — a land filled with mystery, beauty and adventure. Peter Pan is our hero, our friend, and our protector through all kinds of adversity.
Beauty & the Beast: A once handsome and powerful prince desired earthly beauty and temporal pleasures. Because of this misguided thinking he is turned into a miserable, lonely and ugly beast. Not until he meets someone who is willing to love him unconditionally, and he is willing to tame the beast within, does he find true fulfillment and peace.
Snow White: A wicked queen cannot bear someone who is beautiful so she devises a plan to kill Snow White in the forest and have the huntsman cut out her heart as proof. Her plan goes array. Snow White meets the Seven Dwarves who protect her. The Queen takes matters into her own hands and tries to kill snow White by sorcery. The scheme appears to work until the true prince comes and awakes Snow White with his love. Satan could play the Queen, mankind could play Snow White, and the Prince is the Prince of Peace!
Charlotte’s Web: A runt of a pig is sold to the Zuckerman’s farm so that he could be fattened up and turned into bacon. The pig is born, it lives a while, and then dies. What a statement of the human condition. But because Charlotte, the spider, demonstrates sacrificial love and performs miracles,
Wilbur’s life is spared and he becomes a famous pig. Sold into slavery, a redeemer comes and saves him at great cost, and raises the chosen one to a position of honor. Sound familiar?
The Secret Garden: Mary, a rich, spoiled orphan girl is sent to stay with her rich uncle because no one else wants her. She meets Dickens, who has some “wick” (life) in him, and learns that happiness and fulfillment only comes when you give of yourself and serve others. Mary finds that self-centeredness only produces lonely, mean and unhappy people. When she helps Colon to walk again and brings light into her uncle’s heart, she finds true happiness.
These are just some of the stories that will be told until the end of time because they capture values and truths that span the test of time. They share truths in such a beautiful way that the truths touch our hearts and sink deeply into our minds.
So, that’s why CYT does fairy tales and classic children’s literature-it’s medicine for the heart!