I know it doesn’t sound very nice to say, but “Break A Leg” is what the theatre folk say when they mean to wish you well with the show. If you say something normal sounding, like “Good Luck,” they cringe and scowl and feel as if they’re now cursed and the show is doomed. Weird, huh?
For our family this really isn’t too weird. A “Good Luck” wish would just sound strange before a show. I guess it’s all what you’re used to. I was a theatre major in college and attended a performing arts school before that. Now both of my girls have been heavily involved in their theatre department during high school. No sports for us! Gosh no! We’re theatre geeks, through and through.
Now that’s not to say that we don’t love sports. No offense to those sportsy types out there. We do and my girls have both played basketball over the years, but when it came time to making a choice of one or the other, (there are only so many hours in a day), they both chose the theatre. Yay!
My baby….my Hayleybell, just finished performing in her last high school production. sniffle The show was Beauty and the Beast and it was AMAZING! Sorry, I know I shouldn’t brag but these kids really put on an amazing show. It’s been wonderful to watch each and every one of them grow into the talented individuals that they are now. more sniffles…..
Hayley was the character of Babette, the French feather duster who spends a great deal of time swishing around in her tight costume while flirting with Lumiere, the French candlestick, or really any man on stage for that matter. She nailed it! How did she learn to be so flirty like that? hmm…….
Extremely fortunately, we live in a town with a school system which supports the arts as much as they support the sports teams. Well, almost as much. This last show did five performances in an auditorium with over 900 seats, along with a “Meet the Characters Tea.” All of the performances along with the tea sold out completely. Fantastic, huh?
It was delightful to see the little girls running around at the tea in the costumes of their favorite Disney princesses, talking about marrying either Gaston or the prince. Their chatter of marriage to the prince was understandable, but Gaston? Oh no little girls! We don’t marry men who act like that. We don’t like boys who only value external beauty and who don’t think that women should read, have ideas or think. Oh no!
No worries…I didn’t say it, but I sure felt like it. If they’d been older than kindergarten or first grade, I may have said it.
Hayley will be attending college in the Fall and Mariah left last Fall after also being involved in several shows. I’ll miss it. I really will. There was always a place for anyone who wanted to be a part of the magic, whether it was ticket sales, costumes, serving food to the performers during the late rehearsals, etc…. Gosh I’ll really miss it……
I’m happy that my girls chose to be involved in this world. They’ve learned, grown and have become more confident people because of it. Like sports, they’ve also learned that while there are always the leads/star athletes, it takes an entire team/cast/crew/pit and many others to be a success. A valuable lesson indeed.
Now on to college performances!!!!