You see, I love theatre.
|Me playing Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret (college)|
I love my job. People always raise an eyebrow and say, "You teach high school? Wow..." like it's a bad thing.
I get to see teenagers grow from awkward, babbling freshmen into confident, aware, and creative adults. I get to create art. I get to let kids express themselves in ways they can't in their other classes. I get to be their second mom. The theatre and rehearsal is a second home for these kids, mostly because we spend so much time together putting a play together. By the time rehearsal is over and it's opening night, we get to feel a sense of accomplishment together. It becomes their show. It's not an easy job, but it's a rewarding one.
Instead of dreading work tomorrow, I'm going to celebrate my work today.
Here's some photos from the plays I've directed since I started teaching four years ago.
|Medea by Euripides|
|As You Like It by William Shakespeare|
|Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jesse Jones|
|Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (yes, that is a pool)|
|Big Love by Charles Mee|
I hope this Labor Day finds you happy, healthy, and full of love. Celebrate what's great about it, even if it is a small thing, and don't dread going back tomorrow morning!