I watched live theater today, LCC’s spring musical, with my five year old son, my nine year old daughter, and one of her friends. And as they laughed and applauded, as their eyes stayed wide and their faces leaned toward the stage, I was reminded of the magic of live theater.
Those of us in the audience of a certain age appreciated the great talent we were watching: the princess’ powerful voice, the queen’s practiced (and perfect) patter, the magician’s scene stealing facial expressions, and the king’s uncanny physical performance, reminiscent of Harpo Marx.
The humor of the birds and the bees scene was lost on my kindergartner son, though my third grade daughter may have gotten more than I’d like. Both kids marveled at the dancing and laughed aloud at the gleeful humor of the prince. And while my five year old kept waiting for someone to begin belting out “Let it Go” they both sat transfixed at the spectacle of live performance.
It was fun to see the way in which theater can move both young and old. When the house lights drop, time suspends and the world of possibility emerges. Today’s performance filled that “wooden o” with laughter and song, wit and hope.
I’d argue all four of those things make a school a better place.
And today I felt the power of theater to enrich our school community. The actors, familiar faces on campus, transformed themselves and brought such skill to their performances. Tech Ninjas, as they’re known at LCC, created a world for these actors to inhabit. Today’s musical was neither dark nor dated, naughty enough to appeal to teens while clean enough that I didn’t feel embarrassed to take my kids.
Afterward, Ms. Fegan, our theater director, invited the audience to meet her actors and technical theater crew, who answered questions about their work and posed for photos with some of the kids who attended. The cast and crew were funny and real, passionate about what they do and perfect representatives of our school.
If you were looking for examples of the great future of our world, if you wanted a reminder of the quality of students in our high schools, you need look no further.
There are a modest (and growing) number of us who regularly refer to LCC as a school of the arts. Everyone in the audience today would agree.
So as we define who we are as La Costa Canyon High School, I urge our Maverick Family to nurture a special place for theater. These actors and this most daring enterprise –performance– are to be celebrated and shared. If you haven’t seen the play, but love LCC, or could use a little pinch of that magic we call hope, come see one of the final performances this Wednesday or Thursday. And if you have seen it, I’ll wager you were thinking what my daughter whispered to me as the actors took a bow: “Dad, can we see it again?”