Archive | December, 2012

Young Talent

11 Dec

Last night, I returned to the High School Performing Arts Center and took a seat. The stage that eight days earlier was littered with the set for A Christmas Story was now covered with chairs and music stands and percussion instruments. The High School band would file in, take their seats (not you percussionists!), and fill the place with the music of their winter concert.

DSCN6347I had talked to a few parents before I got to the concert who saw attendance as a duty, not as something they were looking forward to. I, on the other hand, always enjoy the concerts. It’s refreshing to see and hear the talent of these kids that will sooner than we know be spun off to college or life or stops unknown. While I obviously was there to see my own son, I also pay close attention to his friends and kids that are involved with ECT plays. Band concerts are as much of a team sport as basketball, football, baseball, or soccer with less chance of injury and a much more enjoyable outcome. Plus, there are no losers at the end .

The Kids and Miss Shields

The Kids and Miss Shields

One thing that impressed me as I sat in the seats as a member of the audience during the performances of  A Christmas Story was the potential of a group of seven kids who bravely walked out on stage and performed in front of some nice size crowds. Not only did they do what their Director asked but added their own personality to the character which took the production to a higher level than I ever imagined.

Current Flick and Scut (l.) and former Flick and Scut (r.), now members of the light crew.

Current Flick and Scut (l.) and former Flick and Scut (r.), now members of the light crew.

Peyton and Alex, first-timers to the stage,  came off stage after each of their scenes saying, “man is this fun!” I realized  that in a few years I could be sitting in the same seats, watching the same kids in the high school plays. Knowing that ECT has provided an opportunity for the kids to perform has made all of the hours of rehearsals, workdays, and fretting the details worth it.

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The light crew, all are high school age.

A professional peer of mine from another town comes to every ECT performance and raves about the quality of the shows. She came to the band concert last night, although she has no kids of her own performing, and raved about the talent of the young adults who provided an hour of music to friends and family. Maybe attending concerts or producing a play is considered a duty by some but for many others it is a pleasure and privilege that we shouldn’t take for granted.

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