MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: You are what you feel…

“Some folks dream of the wonders they’ll do
Before their time on this planet is through.
Some just don’t have anything planned,
They hide their hopes and their heads in the sand.
Now, I don’t say who is wrong, who is right,
But if by chance you are here for the night,
Then, all I need is an hour or two
To tell the tale of a dreamer like you.
We all dream a lot — some are lucky, some are not,
But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real.
You are what you feel.
But all that I say can be told another way,
In the story of a boy whose dreams came true,
And he could be you.”

Lyrics by Timothy Rice, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

You are what you feel. Yes, yes, yes… you ARE what you feel.

I emerged from my year-long cocoon into public to see Alter High School’s Tuesday evening dress rehearsal production, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TEACHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. It was a Megan Wean Sears’ Technicolor production, through and through, but as to be expected, so much more.

It will be 40 years, Thanksgiving 2022, that I first became acquainted with this musical while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and seeing Bill Hutton leading the cast as Joseph. Little did I know, three years later I would take my own Joseph journey that continues to this day.

You are what you feel.

Capturing dreams has been my life, my world, even my own personal ministry since childhood. Mother never threw cold water on my dreams or ideas; instead, it was “well, don’t just stand there; get busy.” I even established my own process of thinking about my dreams or goals, making an outline, imagining myself in the end result, focusing on the path leading directly to the dream.

Many thought I was applying New Age techniques. Perhaps, but what I was practicing is even outlined in The Bible! It’s right there in Mark 11:23-24 “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”

Think! Want! Dream! It’s real! You ARE what you feel!

In the story of Joseph, Israelite patriarch Jacob lifts one of the sons of his favorite wife above the others, forcing upon the favored son the fierce jealousy and hatred of his eleven brothers (or at least the ten sons born by Leah).

Now, my take on this is that a father doesn’t just love one son of twelve because of his maternal connection; Jacob (aka Israel) knew this son had special gifts. I am a dad; I get this! Parents know these things.

Everyone in this story has needs, dreams, and the power or ingenuity to make things come to be.

Take a look at Pharaoh! Big needs a comin’ down the sandy pike and he makes the boldest, strikingly unbelievable move by selecting a foreigner to run this huge economic program to secure the wealth and power of Egypt.

That’s ballsy, Pharaoh! It also displays unique, bold, brave leadership. But, P-daddy took his directive based on dreams. Dreams were a big thing in the ancient world. They were trusted.

Even The Brothers display unusual courage when they head to Egypt to acquire food for survival, knowing the potential dangers in travel and being alien visitors on foreign soil. Indeed, they met a challenge with Pharaoh’s economic governor who would later reveal himself as their brother sold into slavery years before.

If you think it, want it, dream it, then it’s real.

Some folks dismiss dreams as being silly or unimportant; that’s fine. They can stick their heads in the sand, but I shall always believe in and claim my own dreams while encouraging, supporting, and even pushing others toward their own dreams.

JOSEPH is an inspiring show. If you want to hook up with this inspiration, check out the information below that will direct your path to amazing young people investing in their own dreams and passions. I am so proud of my students, the entire cast and crew, the adults who guided these exuberant young performers, the school, and Alter High School Principal Lourdes Lambert for making the performing arts a priority!

You can think it, want it, dream it, and it all works best if you make it a great day!

ALTER HIGH SCHOOL: Tickets for Alter Castle Players’ spring musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will be available for purchase beginning Monday, March 1.

You have two ticketing options:
1. Visit alterhs.booktix.com to join us LIVE in the theatre March 10-14! We will again be welcoming small audiences into the space. Patrons will be required to wear a mask, have their temperature taken, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing- both inside and outside of the theatre.
2. Visit showtix4u.com and choose “Alter High School” to purchase tickets for our encore week of on-demand streaming, March 18-21! We will be taping a live production of the show and will be releasing it for viewing in the comfort of your own home! Each ticket purchased allows you to view the show in the 48-hour window that is most convenient for you.

Thank you for your continued support of the arts at Alter High School, and we look forward to sharing our talents (and our AMAZING show) with you!



About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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