Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Theater

"The theater, the theater, what happened to the theater."

This is a quote from White Christmas that is going through my mind lately. In the song I think that they complaining that "choreography" is replacing dance. We have encountered a few versions of "the theater" lately and they have varied greatly.

The first was a performance of Treasure Island by 7th and 8th graders at the local K-8 school. They did a pretty good job. Since it is hard to get boys to volunteer at that age most of the parts were played by girls including a neighbor friend who played Jack Hawkins. They changed some of the parts to acknowledge that the people playing them were girls, others just pretended to be boys (like Jack). The kids were thrilled because they knew many of the people on stage from the neighborhood.

The next performance was The Miracle Worker at Syracuse Stage. We were able to go for free because a few of Glenn's fellow classmates gave up their extra tickets for us.  Caleb had wanted to go so bad but we really weren't sure how we were going to be able to pull it off because tickets for all of us would have been over $100.  It was a very well done production and we are so glad we had an opportunity to go.

The third show we went to was a original play performed by a bunch of kids that are part of a theater club at a local theater. The kids in the club meet weekly to write the play, come up with props and costumes and practice for the performance at the end of the semester. Our neighborhood friend usually performs with the group but because she had a lead role in the first play we went to she was unable to participate in both this spring. She was hanging out at our house on Saturday and invited us to take her to it. It was a strange, short play involving zombies, random famous people, and cookies. It was obvious that it was a play done by kids and it really didn't make any sense to me but the kids thought that it was fun.

I am thankful that we were able to be exposed to the theater 3 times in the last couple of weeks for free. I know that I would love to do more of it in the future. Not sure when or how but God has provided these three performances, trusting Him to provide more in the future.

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