Curtains Please…..

Photo by Kenneth Justice - All Rights Reserved (2013)

Photo by Kenneth Justice – All Rights Reserved (2013)

Last night I took my daughters to see the ROHS Drama Club presentation of Stage Door written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber.

I’ve seen somewhere around 75 plays and musicals and definitely would not consider myself an expert on the subject. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the play was produced and executed.

The ROHS Drama Club’s presentation of Stage Door did not involve any faculty and was entirely produced and directed by the drama club members and I should also mention that they don’t receive any grading for their involvement, its a volunteer based club and I am guessing that is why the production was much better than your typical H.S. fare.

I’ve seen Broadway shows, college plays and and local community productions and what struck me about last night’s play was that it definitely held its own against the competition.

A Scene in Stage Door - Photo by Kenneth Justice - All Rights Reserved (2013)

A Scene in Stage Door – Photo by Kenneth Justice – All Rights Reserved (2013)

It doesn’t matter how many times I go to the theater; every time the theater goes dark and the curtains slowly open I feel a little spine tingling sensation.

The colors on stage always seem to be brighter and more magical than anything a movie can produce.

Stage Door has a massive cast and at times there were upwards of 20 actors/actresses interacting on stage.

Without going into specifics, there were a few faces that shined a little bit higher than the rest and if those young women wanted to pursue theater acting I’m sure they would have a good chance at seeing some success.

My daughters loved the performance and they were the main reason I had purchased the tickets. They had been bugging me for the past 2 months, “Dad, we haven’t seen in a play in forever” (they are 12 & 10).

By the time we reached the intermission I wasn’t sure what they were thinking. Stage Door is entirely dialogue driven and with the 1930’s spin I was concerned it might be a bit too slow for them.

My concerns went out the window as we talked at intermission. They loved it thus far and they had quite a few comments, Carissa was very bummed that the one girl committed suicide at the end of Act II, “She was my favorite and I can’t believe she did that!”.

Earlier in the week I wrote a piece on relationships and going to the theater and the depth of communication that plays & musicals creates. Last night was no exception. Had we gone to see a movie we might have discussed the content for a few minutes afterward, however last night the conversation about the play went on throughout the night.

Congrats to the ROHS Drama Club; Thanks for an enjoyable evening!

Kenneth



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54 replies

  1. I love your comment about the thrill you experience when the theater goes dark and the curtains open. That speaks to my theater-lover’s heart in a visceral way. Great piece, and I love that your daughters are becoming theater buffs.

    • Thanks 🙂 Isn’t it a magical moment? To this day I remember the very first show I saw…I was in grade school and our high school did Snow White and the Seven Dwarve’s. I could actually dedicate an entire blog to the theater and Broadway but unfortunately its a niche audience that is interested. So I content myself with a little post here and there 🙂

  2. I’ll happily watch for those.

  3. This has come at a very interesting time when I’ve been ‘theatre and plays’ hungry for a while and the thoughts started haunting me again. Your post makes me actually now do something about it. Right, time to book some tickets:)

    • My daughters are forever ‘theater & play hungry’ lol….fortunately, I enjoy them too. I only wish the that the Broadway shows when they come into town wouldn’t be so darn expensive! Wicked was going for $150 (U.S.) per ticket, at 3 tickets I would have to put out $450…that’s a lot of dough for a three hour show. But of course it is worth it i guess…….

  4. I think it’s great you’re so involved with your daughters. So many fathers aren’t. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  5. I totally agree about the thrill of being in the audience when the lights go down and the curtain goes up. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  6. 🙂 Hello, thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my poem! Please come back for more 🙂

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your post is very refreshing and genuine.

  8. I have always felt that same spike of excited anticipation when the lights go out and the curtain begins to rise. Ahhhh, sweet anticipation…

  9. What a great thing you are giving your daughters by being with them and exposing them to things that make them think and grow! Well done, dad. Thanks for stopping by my blog – it led me to yours!

  10. Live theatre/music/storytelling – that magical connection between performer and audience. Unbeatable.

  11. So nice to hear of a family taking advantage of local high school talent. My kids’ high school puts on great productions. I wish I’d known before the kids’ had gotten to high school. We could have enjoyed more plays! Thanks for liking my blog too.

  12. Heartfelt thanks for visiting Free Little Words and liking the post you read.
    My sister-in-law is a producer and we get to enjoy many shows performed locally by up-and-coming talent.

  13. Art was more or less interred in 1960, seems to me, when we tossed our originally Judeo-Christian culture. Kaufman and Ferber, cultural icons both, represent rejected retro culture now…and I’d bet they both were liberal Democrats, though I don’t know that.
    I believe firmly that we greatly underestimate the capabilities of our children. Jailing them 12 to 18 years in schools, a comparatively recent idea in human history, doesn’t seem to be working out too well, from what I see…

  14. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like yours. You are a good father to take your daughters to a play. How sweet! Good man! Bless you!

  16. nice blog you have here and thanks for the visit.

  17. We made several sets for HS drama dept. productions while our neice attended HS in the area. We had a lot of fun.

  18. Will try the play if it comes to the area. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  19. Thank you for visiting my page and I thoroughly enjoyed your theater story. It is so fun and a bit scary to share something new with those you love and what a big grin is created when they say, “I love it!” We definitely need more dialogue and better dialogue. Thank you.

  20. Happy you checked out our blog.In a few years’ time, you’ll look back and be even more pleased that you did things like taking your daughters to the theatre. It’s time well spent. A good relationship with your kids is so special. I’m always grateful that my eldest daughter and I are close enough that we can actually write together. It doesn’t get better than that! Again, thanks for looking at our work!

  21. Having been in theater for 10 years, seeing children in the audience always magnified my energy…Your a breath of fresh air in the smog of parental failure…Also, thanks for the like of “Faith is…”David

  22. Being at the theater is a magical moment for me. I savored those moments with my children like you are doing with yours. Parenting takes time and patience but it is well worth the effort. Thanks for sharing your experience. Great post! I loved it!

  23. Hi The Culture Monk. Sounds an enjoyable play glad you and your daughters enjoyed the it. I have written a play. It’s a paranormal tale I hope this will be seen on a stage one day. Thank you for liking my poem ‘ Hotel’. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

  24. Thank you for visiting my blog………..I like to ramble about things interspread with examples of my photograhy.

  25. Neat piece! Lucky daughters too. Too many kids today may never get to experience this type of show! Good job, and thanks for visiting my site!

  26. This sounds great! Theater is my first love! Yes, there is a big difference between the production when the actors have to be there in order to get a grade — and when they choose to be there because of a pure love with the art and the joy of the freedom of expression. Lucky you! I’m glad you all enjoyed.

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  29. I loved this post. My daughter graduated from AADA in Hollywood and then was invited to be in their Company for a year. I was continually mesmorized by every play she was in.

  30. I liked the part where you told us how your daughters got deeply into the play, even though you were expecting them to be bored.

  31. My blog is new as you can no doubt tell. I visited yours and found a great blog. Great job with the theater and your kids

  32. I really felt the words that you wrote when describing the colors on a stage: a harsh reminder that, like your daughters, I haven’t been to see one in ages either 😉

  33. Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂

  34. Thanks for the like. happy reading janice

  35. Thank you for checking my blog and I will happily watch yours

  36. My Dad and I didn’t have an ‘east’s relationship and growing up I can remember so much trauma and chaos. However it was my Dad who gave me my ecclectic musical taste – the greatest give he could ever bestow and now we email and share ‘great finds’ and bond over recommendations. He was also the one who took me to museums, concerts, live comedy , recitals and yes, movies. When we didn’t find it easy to talk, these no need for conversation events gave us bonds I treasure now more even than I did then. Post-show evaluations were some if the biggest insights I got not just into what we’d seen and enjoyed but also my Dad! Your daughters are lucky and I can see they wish to go because of their live for you and the arts. These are precious seeds you’re sowing in more ways than one. And you show wonderfully ghat it doesn’t have to be Broadway or the West End, the Met or an expensive tbatre. Art happens all around us all the time. My two year old is thrilled by a busker, a bluegrass band at a community event, anyone providing a beat. The same with sculpture and even civil engineering feats …. it’s a sharing of beauty and talent but also the actual “sharing of something shared’ that’s so special. Look forward to reading more – thank you for happening across my Blog else I may never have found yours.

  37. I miss going to the theatre! I tend to save up for big ticket musicals and take my son and husband along. Despite his ADHD, my son just loves musical theatre and has enjoyed everything I’ve taken him to without threat of leaving half way through! Thank you for reminding to check out smaller theatre groups and plays around and about my city!

  38. Beautiful testament to the magic on live theater. How lucky your daughters are that their dad takes them to shows and cultivates that tingling enchantment. Thank you.

  39. Thanks for all your support, culturemonk. And I love your blog!

  40. As a voice teacher I teach a number of college theater majors and high school Thespians. The energy and passion they bring to the stage is remarkable. I find I like it better than professional shows.

  41. What a great experience to share with your daughters!

  42. Very nice CM..and as always…thank you for stopping by my cyber space. 🙂

  43. Thank you for the “like”. I greatly appreciate it.

  44. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your like. It feels good to know that you like what i write. I went through your write up about going to the play and your review and i must say it I wish i had more time with my dad and had been able to share such experiences. L lost him when i was 12. Reading this made me realize how much i have missed your on but felt happy to know that your daughters are capturing memories that they would fondly recollect when they grow up.

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  46. I’ve started going to the theatre since living on my own and enjoy it something I have missed over the years..Good on you for taking your family more Dads should take your advice and go. Great work

  47. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated! 🙂

  48. Thank you for liking my post today. It led me here to your blog. I’m enjoying your posts. I have a similar feeling about theatre. I’m fortunate to work at a community college with an amazing Theatre Arts Dept and they never cease to amaze me with their brilliant performances. I really enjoy bringing the littles when appropriate, and sharing that joy with them. All the best and thanks again.

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