Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kids...All the World's a Stage

I am involved in my community little theater. It's just something I really love to do. Tonight, I took over for the director while he and his family are on a cruise. He had asked me to help him with this particular play, and I told him I would. It's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" about a group of rag tag kids who teach the world and learn themselves what the true meaning of Christmas is.

The last children's Christmas play I directed was back about 5 or 6 years ago when I did "Babes in Toyland." I had forgotten what a treat it is to direct kids. They are like enthusiastic puppies, all energy and not much discipline, but so much fun. I'm also in this play portraying this dreadful woman who was the director of the Christmas pageant for ever, but broke her leg this particular year and can't direct.

I don't really know any of the kids who are in this play. Most are home schooled and very talented well rounded youngsters. Some have been in plays while others have not. Of course, there are the stand outs, but all of them have their moments. I was afraid when I took over this week that they would think I was like my character I portray.

I am very passionate about what I want of the actors in plays I direct. Kids are like sponges. They soak up the knowledge and I learned a long time ago, that if I just show them what I want, they'll do it. They lose the inhibitions and start to understand the characters they're meant to portray. I love to see this transformation. I think this is going to be a really good play, but then again, I'm a bit prejudice. Oh, and the adults also do a bang up job.

And thank goodness, the young folks accepted my enthusiastic directions and followed my lead tonight.They're a great bunch, and man oh man, I'm having fun. I can't wait until it opens and the first time actors hear their first sound of applause.

It's music to the ears. They'll see.


Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best with this. With such an enthusiastic director the play is sure to be a hit.

Coleen Brooks said...