Friday, July 1, 2011

There's No People Like Show People...

I’m putting my theatre hat on for this blog. As you may already know, I majored in theatre in college and am still involved in theatre as much as possible. I helped co-found Theatre with a Twist, Inc (please excuse the’s getting a face lift soon!) and am now on the board of directors. Since we started last summer, we’ve put on quite a few shows - “Guys & Dolls”, “Fame”, “The Jungle Book”, “Oliver”, and “Sleeping Beauty”. Coming up next, “CATS”.

our new logo

I’ll get back to “CATS” in a second, I just want to do a bit of advocating for the theatre world. Theatre is not just about performing a show for an audience. It gives kids confidence and pride and helps them when they enter the real world. Even if they don’t continue in theatre, they now know how to speak in front of a group of people. They know how to work as a team to get successful results. They know how to follow directions, but also how to give out their own ideas and opinions about how something should happen.

A lot of the kids I have been working with in TWT I have known since before the company started, and it’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown and how much they’ve changed. One young man went from a shy wallflower to a positive, confident Tin Man. Another young girl who was too shy to sing in front of everyone now has no problem at all belting it out before a large crowd. It’s amazing to see the transition.

performing "Fame"
Theatre as a whole is getting smaller and smaller audiences; even theatre performed by adults on Broadway and here in Boston and in other theatre scenes and I don’t understand why. It’s part of our culture. It’s exciting and unpredictable and magnificent and it’s hard work that needs to be commended. Whether you’re on stage or behind the scenes, you’re toiling to make the performance one audience members won’t forget and it’s exhilarating, rewarding, and exhausting.

And now, for a commercial break: My fabulously talented kids are performing “CATS” next weekend at Nara Park in Acton, MA, and I see no reason why you can’t come if you’re in the area. For one thing, it’s absolutely, positively FREE. For another thing, you get to see a spectacular show while enjoying the summer weather under the light of a full moon. The performances are July 7-9 at 8:00 p.m. with a rain date of Monday, July 11. Hope to see you there!

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