Last week we had the privilege of attending the opening night for Roslyn’s first term theatre production. This specific is actually an international high school in Nairobi where four Serge kids study, one of whom was amongst the 15 kids from the play. The premise is actually in which these 15 kids take us inside the teen brain, sharing their anxieties, struggles, creativity, plans, joys. in which might be entertaining enough, yet what made the production definitely amazing was in which the kids wrote most of the play themselves, along with the item was true. They dramatized actual conflicts with their actual parents. They talked about their actual fears. the item was a courageous act of vulnerability in which I think most adults might cower away coming from.
The set consisted of couches along with bedrooms, external symbols of internal clutter at times. There was humor, as each had a minute of playing their own parent. I’m sure there were many inside jokes we missed. My favorite scene involved the little lights you can see dangling above the screen. A series of statements gathered coming from actual interviews was flashed up on the screen, along with the actors pushed a button to light a bulb if in which statement was true of them. These were raw things, like “I wish I was a different coloring/nationality” or “I am afraid no one likes me” or “I am not sure I believe in God anymore”. A few lights, or nearly all, might flicker. the item was a powerful way to show in which kids are not alone in their struggles.
Our young Serger, 9th grader Laura, was poised, smart, funny, believable. At the very end, they all stood on the stage that has a stack of large cards on which they had written messages for their parents. I couldn’t see Laura’s yet the kid in front of me was telling his parents he loved them along with hoped they could accept him for being a quirky laid-back artistic type instead of the “type A” scientist he thought they wanted. the item was very poignant. Evidently after the play there was a powerful time for parents along with cast to interact.
(here we are with felllow Serger who came to watch)
A few nights later we attended RVA’s end-of-term band along with choir concert. Gaby on the drums (grade 10) along with Liana playing violin (grade 12) along with Jonah running sound (grade 10) made us a proud aunt along with uncle.
(the talented Masso siblings, pre-concert)
(Jonah is actually back there yet hard to see . . )
Candles, quiet, beat boxing, full chorus, a string ensemble, a cappella group, along with the symphony. Hymns along with Beatles along with Mozart along with an arrangement putting Christmas Carols into a Bond-style secret spy arrangement. the item was creative along with inspiring.
Celebrating the teens in our Area, who are funny along with brave along with who work hard. the item’s not easy to live as outsiders, to live aware of danger, to miss old lives along with extended family, to prepare for the impending separation in which HS graduation forces upon international families. We have some great kids, our own along with our teams’. Looking forward to a world in which they are in charge.