Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Support your local kids. Even if you don’t have any of your own.


There's magic behind these curtains.

There’s magic behind these curtains.

Forty-four years ago I played in the pit orchestra for our high school spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. I was sixteen. I remember long rehearsals and the weekend performances like they happened yesterday and coincidentally yesterday was opening night at my local high school’s production of the same piece. I couldn’t resist going, especially since a number of the kids that play with our community band were playing in the pit for this production.

It was magic.

The musicians were stupendous, the acting was great, the voices strong and sure. I remembered it all, the lines, the songs, the jokes, even obscure bits of music blending into the background. I remembered Billy Bigelow the out of work carousel barker, and Julie Jordan the mill worker who fell in love but who were too scared to admit it. I remember Carrie and her beau Enoch Snow the uptight fisherman. I remembered the bad choices that were made and how even in the worst of times people pulled together and eventually did the right thing.

I was transported.

Such talent we have among us! And they loved what they were doing so much that their enthusiasm spread through the auditorium. I kept seeing my own classmates in their faces, yet they interpreted the piece as their own. They earned the standing ovation at the conclusion and you could see the glee on their faces as they accepted our applause.

School musicals, band and orchestra concerts, debate team competitions, robotics challenges, sports events, art showings, these all showcase the best of what these young adults have to offer. They deserve to be supported. The auditorium should have been sold out last night. I hope it is tonight and Saturday and Sunday too.

Even if you don’t have kids in your local school district check out what’s going on there. I bet every high school in the country is putting on a spring musical right about now.

Take a chance.

Disrupt your usual evening of watching television, arguing politics, doing laundry or reading a book and head out to see what the kids are putting together. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Those of you that live locally, there’s still five more performances here. It’s stopped snowing, there’s no excuse not to go. Let’s sell out that auditorium.

Attend a high school musical and prepare to be transported.

Good job!

Good job!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Support your local kids. Even if you don’t have any of your own.

  1. This is a great idea Dawn! I also remember performing in a couple of our high school musicals, and it was a wonderful experience. We should definitely go support our local kiddos!


  2. We never did theater of any kind at my high school – don’t know why that was but it sounds like we missed a lot


    • Yes, I think it’s an excellent ‘after school’ activity for kids to get involved in. Lots to do even if you don’t sing or dance. It’s always great to work with a team and end up with something as wonderful as this production. Kids will remember working on it for the rest of their lives. It changes you somehow.


  3. One of my daughter’s was always involved in the high school production both in the band and in the stage crew. She’s now in university but we’re going back to see this year’s production at her old school exactly because what you say is true. It’s great fun and the kids are wonderful. If only the chairs in the auditorium were more comfortable.


  4. Spring musicals around here take place in actual SPRING! LOL. No spring musicals until April in upstate NY. But our school is busy working on Cinderella. One of my students is playing Prince Charming!

    My favorite musical from high school was Barnum. I worked backstage and was in charge of lighting about 50 sparklers at the same time for 50 people to walk down the aisle at the end of the show. I remember my thumb had 2nd degree burns on for quite some time! But it was quite the cool effect.


  5. I think we should all think of our local kids, I totally agree with you. A wonderful sentiment in this post. TV is something we can always watch.


  6. Outstanding advice, Dawn! If we don’t support the arts, we might find ourselves with no Art to support, for that’s usually the first place they make cuts. Sigh.


  7. Glad u enjoyed the show. These kids acting skills are pawsome nowadays!


  8. hi Dawn, i love your descriptions and your writing style. i have been away for awhile, lots of bronchitis going around here and of course Quinny brought it home to me. thanks for your wonderful blog posts. bess


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