Thursday, May 31, 2012
Inspired by the 'Dark Side'
As it turned out, many of the pieces they wrote had a rather dark bent. Some are definitely comedic, although dark comedy would be the word, while others are quite dramatic - even poignant. The topics are certainly relevant to current teenage culture. Parental relationships, the downside of the technological revolution, materialism, sexual confusion, the occult ... not typical fare for a light-hearted evening of entertainment, but all dealt with in a very mature and thoughtful manner. (Well, except for a couple of pieces that are just down right funny in an oddly macabre way!) It makes for a nice mix, though and should be quite entertaining.
To say that I am proud is a bit of an understatement. One of the things I love most about teaching is when you know you have made a real difference in the life of a young person. I'm fortunate to have had a number of these moments, especially because of my work in Drama. Theatre Arts is one of the best ways I know to boost a person's sense of worth and accomplishment. This time, however, I can truly say that I am being inspired by these young people.