Let’s start this with a confession… I love musical theater. I was raised by parents who loved it and who made it a priority to take my sister and me to shows in NYC growing up. Growing up, I spent most of my time playing sports, so my participation in it was limited to a couple of plays at camp (both due to time and by my very limited talent). When I met my wife who along with her sister grew up doing lots of plays, my now sister-in-law was shocked when she discovered that I could sing along with lots of broadway songs when they would sing them (my wife’s family’s tendency to spontaneously break into show tunes is a topic for another time). So I was a bit embarrassed when our theater director announced that this year’s musical would be “Curtains” – a show I never heard of. My wife, my children, my mother, and I went to see the show on Friday evening, and it was fantastic! There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into putting together a show like this, so HUGE kudos to the faculty and students who were involved for all their efforts! This was the first show with the renovations that were done to the theater – my backside was so happy with the new comfortable seating – which made it especially exciting, and thank you to all the people whose support made these great renovations possible! The show itself was fantastic – funny, exciting, and suspenseful. I’m always awed by the amount of talent the students have – the wonderful voices, the graceful dancing, and the outstanding acting. In the video below, you can see a couple of the numbers from the show.
One of the things that is so much fun about working at schools is seeing the growth of the students. There are a bunch of upperclassmen who have been active in the theater program for years, and to see how they’ve developed as performers is incredible. At the same time, there were a bunch of younger students on the stage who have loads of talent and who are poised to take on larger roles going forward (and we’ve got tons more talent in our applicant pool for next year – hopefully they’ll be joining us!!!). Again, congratulations to all involved on a wonderful show, and many thanks for filling in an embarrassing gap in my musical theater knowledge!