Saturday, July 16, 2011

And The Oscar Goes To...


I remember the smell.
 Dust on the costumes.
The heat of the lights.
Quiet tiptoes across the wooden stage.
The giggles backstage.
Butterflies in my stomach.
The feeling of accomplishment. 
Freedom.
The sound of applause.
Darkness.

Drama class.
Sometimes it seems like yesterday the memories are so vivid.
There was a certain acceptance that went along with drama.
Skinny, fat, blonde, redhead...it didn't matter.
We were all there for the same reason.
To express our creativity and to have fun.
But along with the fun...drama has a unique way of building self esteem.
Poise and discipline are taught in a setting that is relaxed yet structured.
You learn repetition and a sense of community.
Skills that prove will useful throughout life.

You may remember this post about an outgoing member of my family.
It was only a matter of time till drama found him.
For the last 5 weeks he has been involved with our local
community theatre
in their Summer workshop.
Last night we got a taste of what many weeks of hard work produces...


An outstanding performance of Mulan!
I've never seen a bunch of more energetic teenagers.
They sang their hearts out.
They danced.
They owned that stage.
They made the audience laugh and get goosebumps.
I was thoroughly impressed.

Dakota was Hong the Ancestor...complete with his long locks pinned up in a Chinese bun.
He declared that he felt "very manly" in his get-up!

As he walked tired and barefoot to the car last night...
I haven't seen a happier, prouder teen in a long time.

I hope that years from now he will remember...
The smell.
 Dust on the costumes.
The heat of the lights.
Quiet tiptoes across the wooden stage.
The giggles backstage.
Butterflies in his stomach.
The feeling of accomplishment. 
Freedom.
The sound of applause.
Darkness.


13 comments:

Almost Precious said...

He will never forget. Memories like that become forever etched into the scrapbook of our mind. What a lovely experience and isn’t it amazing the abundance of talents that teenagers have ?

Sarah B. said...

What an awesome experience!! I'm sure you were BOTH proud of him :)

T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

Oh you must be so proud :)

What an accomplishment.

I would be a total nervous wreck :)

Have a wonderful weekend, T. :)

Tara said...

Congratulations to him and to his very proud mom! Sounds like it was a great evening, perhaps with more to come.

Melissa {TheScarletCardinal} said...

Congrats to him! Being involved in theater was the most fun and rewarding part of my childhood, and I think everyone should have that experience. So glad he enjoyed it...I'm sure there will be many more opening nights in your future!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Awww !!! My oldest got bit too - What fun and a great way for them to spend their time : )

Happy Frog and I said...

Congratulations to him. You never forget an experience like that. So glad that all the hard work paid off.

rebecca said...

I imagine that it was quite grand and those costumes are gorgeous! Congrats to the young thespian!

Additionsstyle said...

What a wonderful post. Congratulations to Dakota. My daughter found herself in drama club and today is an outgoing happy young woman. Gotta LOVE Drama!
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

How sweet! What a great experience for you both!!!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awww!! How fun!!

thestoryofkat said...

What a beautiful post, it is clear you are great mom and fun too :) I played in our school orchestra for 8 years and even though we weren't exactly the cool kids, it really did give me a sense of accomplishment playing on that stage.

p.s. those silk costumes look so cool!

TheMadTwins said...

Congrats to him! Such experiences are amazing! :)

xxx London

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