Last evening was the debut of our Francesca in West Side Story. She was sick. The lead male had strep. One of the other lead boys had a 101 temperature. But....the show went on. Those kids were positively amazing! Before the curtain they were sniffling and coughing, achy and exhausted. Then magically when the curtain rose, they put on the show of their young lives. To watch them brought tears to my eyes. They danced and sang. They smiled and acted. They were ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
I sit here in awe of the complexity and the depth of the human spirit. To some, a high school play may be a small deal. To the young actors, singers and dancers who have poured their energy for months into creating this magic, it is much, much more. It is their contribution to spreading light and love on this earth, in this country and in their community. They take their charge seriously. It is their duty, their mission, their purpose. They have been given a gift and an opportunity to brighten peoples lives if only for a short period of time. Our young men and woman are coming of age. In the dark times the media is so quick to emphasize, there are many, many bright and shinning faces awaiting their marching orders. Patiently preparing for their chance to bring comfort and solace in their own small way as they beam their love into the shadowy corners of theatres and auditoriums across this globe, one heart opening performance at a time. Bravo!