Monday, April 20, 2009
Last weekend was the opening (and closing) of The Pirates of Penzance at Goleta Valley Junior High. We had an amazing live orchestra and beautiful costumes. Somehow the show turned out very well, despite some of the student's best efforts at sabotage during the rehearsal process. I have come to the conclusion that directing Junior High kids is HARD even if they are very talented... and I'd like to give a shout out to all the parents out there who raise their kids to respect people in general. It is especially wonderful when students respect and listen to their teachers and directors, or anyone else who is only trying to help them without getting much in return.
The show was surprisingly funny and the kids sang well and in beautiful harmony with one another. However, I just don't know if I will ever consent to direct Junior High School theater again. I think these pirates stole five years from my life span. Bless their hearts.