Dancing in the Rain

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about getting out there and Dancing in the Rain

Thursday, January 27, 2011

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

      Throughout the process of working on Oklahoma! our director, Dave Tinney,  has made it a point to make this show real. To have each character in the show be a living, breathing person who is relatable and that our audience can connect with. Yesterday we had a High School and Jr. High School matinee. Before the show at company meeting Dave told us to do the show for the kids. That we should know that this may be some of these kids first exposure to theater, and that we are here to help out any Judds, Ados, and Lauries out there in the audience. Before our second performance that night Dave told us what he observed during that mornings performance:
       When the kids had caome in Dave noticed one boy sitting by himself, away from the rest of the kids. Throughout the show he was very involved in the story , yet he was still not a part of the students. At intermission he ate his lunch alone. At the end of the show, when Judd had died, he was crying and then  during bows he was the first to give us a  standing ovation. Then after the show, after what they had seen in our show, a couple of kids went to the boy and befriended him and started talking to him.
       Its amazing the effect theater can have on people. The power of showing life as it is and how it has been. I'm grateful that I have the chance to be a part of this amazing and powerful art form.

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