I was a theater kid in high school. Some of the best times of my teenage years were spent in the high school auditorium working to put a show together through after-school rehearsals, or waiting backstage in near-complete darkness just before the stage lights came up, and eating left over dessert theater cookies while striking the set after Sunday's show.
My first exposure to musical theater came in middle school, when my 5th and 6th grade choir served as the chorus singers for the 7th and 8th grade performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." It was fantastic. I still love seeing 7th and 8th graders getting their first taste of an activity I loved so much in high school.
My old elementary school recently performed "Seussical, Jr." and I got to come to the dress rehearsal to take pictures. "Seussical" is a fun show. It's based on some of the most popular Dr. Seuss stories and features characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and the Whos. That means lots of crazy hairstyles and colorful costumes.
Concordia High School performed Seussical in 2008, and I got to be part of the chorus. The show was so much fun. The music is upbeat and catchy. While I was photographing the dress rehearsal I had to resist the instinct to sing along.
I was so impressed with the kids' performance. The singing and acting was great and they seemed to have fun performing together up on stage. I'm so glad the elementary schools have programs like this to support the arts and encourage kids who are interested in performing.
Performance photography is really fun, even when I'm running around the gym in between rows of folding chairs to catch the best angle and trying to anticipate where action will happen next on the stage. And by visiting the dress rehearsal I get to see the kids as aspiring actors making their final preparations for a performance. Plus, I love a good show.