No, I’m not talking about something that once happened upon a mattress and included chocolate pudding. Get your mind out of the gutter!
This past week my older son was performing in his high school musical production of Once Upon A Mattress. It’s a funny tale, a modernized version, of the Princess And The Pea story that you remember from your youth. At least, I remember it from my youth. Most of the kids in the production had no idea that it was based on an actual fairy tale.
He and his fellow school mates have rehearsed since early November. Usually for a few hours after school, three to five days per week. There was even a few full Saturday rehearsals thrown in towards the end.
It takes a lot of people to put on a production like that. Not only the students but also the director, teachers, school support staff, costumers, choreographers, band students and music teachers, make-up people, light & sound guys, set designers, and parents and families. The magnitude of effort, time, energy, and commitment is astounding. They put on five shows in three days and it was fantastic!
On the way home from the final performance, as my exhausted son was sleeping in the car, I thought about how proud I was of him and everyone who makes a show like this possible. What a great portrayal of The Arts in our school and of community support.
Everyone involved deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. Now they can all take a well deserved break and have a chocolate pudding parfait as a reward.
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