A couple week-ends ago we attended the local high school production of "Beauty and the Beast". I always enjoy seeing shows the school puts on because its an opportunity to see the earliest stages of sometimes big talent, just finding its way and beginning to emerge. It's almost like watching a butterfly begin to emerge from a cocoon and its inspiring. Youth on the verge of adulthood; talent on the verge of blossoming.
This production was not disappointing. As always in such things, sometimes the real gems of the group were to be found in supporting roles. Somehow those little nuggets of wonderful writing shine in those smaller parts and the talented actors who take them on can really sink their teeth into characters that are not so finely drawn. It was so much fun to see familiar names and remember the small children that they belonged to, now so tall and mature in their high school years.
When my two girls were going through school they both were in love with music (my boys took longer to discover the joys of theater and music) so they were always part of whatever production was being done, from an elementary version of "The Mikado" to a high school "Guys & Dolls". And we loved all of them. How much fun is it to watch those same ten-year-olds take on adult shows when they're seventeen? What a difference a few years makes.
I was thrilled to find out after this latest show that one or more of the actors are considering careers in theater. Now I can't wait to see what happens to them in the future!