MIAGD: Make it a great day
The arts – music, theatre, dance, motion pictures, fine arts, writing/reading – has a magnetic magic on so many levels, but one of the neatest elements is to see how the arts brings folks together.
Yesterday, there was an adjustment in my schedule, and a number of students, who had worked together on a production last month, were reunited.
While I quickly fed the dogs, I rejoiced in the sounds of squealing, and excitement coming from the living room. The students were so thrilled to see one another. I was smiling, inside and out.
This is what it is all about.
Yes, there is the need to have a truly wonderful performance, and to train the young performers, but nothing beats the friendships that are forged when involved in a performance, or an arts project of some kind. There are many areas where others are brought together, but the arts, especially the performing arts, can bring masses together.
After every production, or major concert, I ask the involved students: What were your three most enjoyable things? What were three items with which you were not as excited? What did you learn most about theatre/music through your involvement in this production? What did you learn most about your self. (I built upon these questions oft asked by my Ball State University choral director, Douglas Amman.)
Without hesitation, students will list making new friends or spending time with friends they’ve not seen from other productions.
I hear this most often from students who participate in Epiphany Lutheran Church’s summer productions. In fact, the elongated squeals yesterday afternoon were due to Epiphany’s most recent production.
As a teacher/director, I do love hearing how students have grown in the art, or how they now wish to branch out, but like the students, I completely understand how friendships rank at the top of the list. I am so blessed to have a treasure trove of friends from the past 35 years of performing, and the past 40 years of band/music.
Whatever the journey, make friends, and make it a great day, Folks!