I look very young for my age. I remember a time when I walked into the middle school I choreograph for and the security guard asked me where my hall pass was. I am carded for alcohol, R rated movies and am constantly mistaken for a teenager or a college student. Mind you, I am not far from a college student but still, when you hold a college degree you hope that there is a certain level of maturity and wisdom that radiates around you. The only thing radiating around me is a gaggle of teenage boys thinking I am their age.
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I remember when I was in high school, a top contender for our spring musical was ‘Sweet Charity’. Some of the ‘powers that be’ thought it was a little too mature for high school kids, with the main character being a ‘lady of the night’ and all. In high school, I never wanted to do the typical ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Oklahoma’ and thankfully, neither did the fabulous men who ran the drama program. I have grown up to respect and even adore some of the classic musical theater shows but as a kid, you couldn’t get me to go near them. They all sounded the same and all had a pretty similar story. Girl and guy meet, one falls in love while the other pretends not to care, usually acting rude or unfavorably to them (now a days we call this, sandbox syndrome) They fight. Something ridiculous happens with the ensemble stories, usually ending in a major ensemble number such as Sit Down Your Rockin the Boat or the Farmer and the Cowman and then poof, the lovers get together. Blah blah blah. Most kids, no matter what age, have their first experience with theater in a school setting where context has to be monitored and regulated. I get it. There are a lot of people to please when it comes to school districts, school boards, teachers, faculty and parents. However, when you are working in a tuition based theater program that requires enrollment to survive, the most important people we have to please are the students.