This past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in the school’s production of the Sound of Music. I had a tiny role–window dressing mostly–but it was a lot of fun. My colleagues participated as nuns and one as a housekeeper. The students had the main roles and they were absolutely amazing. I have never been in a play of this complexity and magnitude before though I hung out with drama people in college and had helped with a couple of middle school plays, so had a sense of how much work it was. Being this close to the action was quite a different experience. The director of the play does amazing work and it was a real experience to see her in action. I learned some things about how to manage children through a group project like this.
I bonded with my fellow players, both faculty and student and just generally enjoyed doing something so completely different from what I usually do. My colleagues also commented on how the play took them out of their comfort zone and reminded them that this is what they ask of their students all the time, to do things they might not be comfortable doing. My colleagues who played nuns and had to learn a complex song with harmonies and dance at the same time felt a real sense of accomplishment in being able to successfully pull the whole thing off. Watching them in action was truly wonderful. They all came together and really got outside their own needs for the good of the play. It was amazing to watch.
We also went out to celebrate after opening, which was a hoot. We sent everyone off with a rousing chorus of “So Long, Farewell.” We told jokes and shared experiences. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. It was a great shared experience, one I hope to repeat again someday.