Some of you might know that I went to The School for Creative and Performing Arts. I majored in Vocal Music and Music Theater and minored in Creative Writing while I was there. Our school held a level of excellence in the arts and in academics. The teachers knew we could do amazing thing and we did. Because of my experience there I know, appreciate, and love good theater.
Tonight I went to see the musical Six with my children. My daughter is a musician. She set a goal for herself to learn at least two songs on ten different instruments before she graduated from high school. She did it. Jacob is a theater minor at Earlham College. I just say this to let you know that they pay attention to these things.
So after the musical ended and we were on our way back to the hotel it was music to my ears to held there debrief of the performance. Making note of how good the lighting was, even going as far as to say “The spot light will be in the same place every show, will you?”. They talked about how there couldn’t be marks on the stage because of the balcony. How the singers in the cast approached some songs differently than the one they are use to listening to. Naming how wonderful it was to see people on stage that look like them. And how the band played different music in the background like Greensleeves, which is believed was composed by Henry VIII for his future love, Anne Boleyn. In the Musical one where actual green sleeves on stage.
This is all music to my ears. Musicals take my back to my childhood. It wonderful to witness it in theirs.