First of all, my work is THE best. I have the most dedicated students who are so talented. Seriously, I love my job not only because it is the perfect job for me but also because of the amazing young people I get to coach and mentor every day. This is what happened when we mounted our Fringe Festival again this year. 6 student-directed plays, 2 of them student written as well. The list included Sure Thing, Ajax, The Actor's Nightmare, Text Messages Hurt More When You're Sitting at the Airport plus the two student written pieces titled The Artist and Writers Retreat. After 1 week of auditions and intensive casting, followed by almost 7 weeks of rehearsals, I can honestly say that this was the best Fringe Festival we have ever produced. The artistic visions actualized were simply superior and it's this kind of creativity and vision that leaves me not only exhausted and happy but also looking forward to next year. Seriously, can we do it all again?!
Then I have the distinct pleasure of taking my senior students on an incredible field trip. The final cycle of Theatre Gargantua's Sacrifice Zone was so mind blowing that I know my students will never forget it. The physicality required and the characterization is something that I can teach a million times over but seeing it like this resonates far stronger than any exercise, assignment, exemplar, or engaging lesson that I could ever lead. The integration of the disciplines that we emphasize all the time were on full display. The inclusion of technology as well as the design and use of set pieces...awe-inspiring. The icing on the cake comes from the highly articulate and insightful post-performance discussions we had yesterday and again today. Seriously, I have the best job ever.
Then my last period class has crafted what can only be described as a wise, imaginative, and creative piece for their Gala performance. The collaboration of the last few days as they have co-written the piece has been incredible to witness. True collective creation.
What an amazing journey the last while has been!