Tune into the children’s audio adventure series Discovery Mountain, and you might recognize some voices from around campus. Since April of 2017, the media ministry Voice of Prophecy has been offering Campion students and staff the opportunity to be involved in voice acting for the Bible-based program which is set in a small mountain town where, as they say, “the air is clear enough to hear your imagination.”
Current and former students like Grant Velbis, Tamhelda Yalape, Wyatt Watson, and many more have auditioned and been accepted as voice actors on the show. Several teachers have also played important roles on the show, including Principal Don Reeder who plays the principal at Discovery Mountain Academy, whose character is named after himself. For most participants, Discovery Mountain voice acting is a volunteer position, but those who land larger roles are paid.
“Discovery Mountain has changed my life for the better. When I came to [Voice of Prophecy] I never expected to have some of my favorite experiences there. I grew a love for acting and God at the same time, and I’m excited to still be a part of it!” says Wyatt Watson, two-year voice actor for Discovery Mountain.
“We’re incredibly thankful for our relationship with Campion Academy. Having the talented students and staff willing and available to play large roles and smaller—but no less vital seasonal and Bible character roles—has allowed the program to have the rich variety that we only could’ve dreamed of otherwise,” says Discovery Mountain writer Jean Boonstra, who has worked directly with Campion in recruiting and organizing students for roles in the ministry.
Each fall, the Voice of Prophecy team can be found on campus holding auditions and recruiting new Campion students to the team. Director Doug Bruce and Producer Steve Phillips make an appearance in Wednesday chapel, and occasionally pull students from Bible class for auditions. While fall auditions have passed this year, anyone can still get involved by visiting discoverymountain.com/auditions and uploading an audition file. The series is available for listening on discoverymountain.com as well as on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor