By: Mike Hosking | Friday, September 28, 2012
I have come to my senses on the subject of the school production.
If you missed it, a week or so back I was lamenting the school production. I was, in a partially light-hearted way, suggesting the school production might be a waste of time, that no one got any decent parts and everyone was a wave or a tree. Unless they were heading for Broadway, kids would be better off learning to add.
Part of what drove that thinking could have been the prospect of three school productions - endless hours of rehearsals and drop offs and pick ups and costumes and make up and late nights. This could have been caused by the fact I have too many kids. I don’t have too many kids of course but I have a lot of kids, kids at an age of the school production.
So maybe, and this is what I am going for by way of an excuse, maybe I lost my mind. Maybe for a short period I was completely insane and overwhelmed. Maybe what you heard that fateful morning was the utterings of a nutter who had lost the plot. Anyway, the last of them was yesterday and it’s over.
More importantly, I have changed my mind. In changing my mind that’s makes me wrong, completely unequivocally, irrevocably wrong. The school production is wonderful. Each of the three was different. Two involved the whole school - a massive call I would have thought given the vast array of age and talent. But all three involved an amazing amount of dedication and time and energy and effort and most of all enjoyment.
Last week I said to the eldest ‘tonight’s your last night’ and he said he didn't want it to end. Not a lot of things happen at school that involve kids saying that, so that's a plus. Each of the kids, no matter what they played, loved it. The halls were full of appreciative parents and grandparents and siblings, so there is a wonderful sense of community.
One of the principals spoke and suggested that these are the things the kids remember and he’s probably right. I remember Huckleberry Finn. I, for reasons best known to the teacher, was Huckleberry. Never been on stage since but loved it when I was.
So the school production in terms of bang for buck is worth the investment. God only knows what came over me that fateful day I suggested otherwise. But three productions these past couple of weeks have shown me the light.
Photo: The Globe Theatre - not where the three school productions were performed (Getty Images)
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