by Cynthia Hellman
As we wrap up another fantastic production season, the air feels a little less magical. There’s a hollow feeling (in our heads because we’re sleep-deprived, and in our hearts because we grieve). Theatre is an art form we give birth to and then lay to rest. It’s incredible what a few short months can produce-in us and on the stage! To have something creative, collaborative, God-honoring, and precious be something that lives on in mere still shots and vibrant memories is equal parts unparalleled and gut-wrenching.
Oh, it isn’t always that way; sometimes we breathe a sigh of relief to have a break. Sometimes we’re young enough to dismiss the closed chapter with innocence, sometimes we’re old enough to not dedicate as much emotion to it. Sometimes (but not often) we don’t like the role we got and kiss it a fond farewell.
As registration opens soon, perhaps you’re on the fence about jumping in. Before you hit “cancel” on your registration form, check out what some of our high school students1 have to say about the impact theatre has had on them:
1 Quotes used with permission; truncated if necessary.
“It’s so bittersweet ya know? I’ve only been here a year and I’m already so attached to this group of people. It makes me wish I had started earlier, I feel like I’ve missed out on something great and I’m just catching the tail end of it.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you all how thankful I am that God placed you all in my life! I honestly have no idea how I survived fifteen years of my life without knowing you peoples.”
“I read this quote one time and it so rings true. It says, “I found the stage and I found my home.” Who knew we all had a second family waiting for us?!”
“I literally started out this year with, like, six friends and I really appreciate each and every one of the members of the cast and I thank Jesus for putting all of y’all in my life.”
“I looked up to a lot of the seniors, because I had heard about how great they were, or I had seen shows they were in. When I came over to high school last semester, I (for whatever reason) thought that they would look down on a lot of the new people. I was pleasantly surprised to find this was not the case. They were always so helpful and kind to everyone, and made sure everybody was included. It was a joy to work and perform alongside the people I had looked up to and been inspired by for quite a while.”
They say it best and they are not the exception; they echo the sentiment of thousands of their predecessors. For over twenty years MoezArt Productions has been impacting students just like these. Despite all the Post Production Depression, we can’t wait to do it again, because we are changed for the better. We’d love to fold you into the family too-there’s room at the table, Pull up a Chair.
Watch for registration to open and get ready to come home.