It all started with a Munchkin. Our daughter Molly came home from school one day and told us she had an interest in acting in the upcoming High School's rendition of the Wizard of OZ. She was selected to be a Munchkin. She was the right height (she kinda still is).
Without question the effort that my children have put into the theater has gained them benefit, not the least of which is the ability to be comfortable in unfamiliar settings. In my opinion, this is a rare gift, especially when you have to present to large groups, so if you excel at it, you have a leg up on your peers.
|Molly (on right) with friend singing|
My son Dan started acting in High School and he logged countless hours rehearsing and acting in productions. I recall Les Miserables, The Crucible, Crazy For You, and coming soon to a High School near you, Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced.
|Dan, in white, in The Sound of Music|
Our youngest, Nolan, just appeared in his first Middle School production, entitled The Man of Steel. It was a parody of the Superman comics, and it was really entertaining. Nolan shared the role of Bobby Benson (Jimmy Olsen in the comics), and I thought he did a great job with it.
|Nolan, on left, with the Man of Steel|
In closing, I'll offer you an invitation to Dan's last performance this weekend. If you want to see Dan Yarger as Inspector Craddock, there are performances both Friday and Saturday nights this week at the Marcus Whitman High School on Baldwin Road in Rushville NY at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $8. If you come, let me know your opinion on the time spent, and the benefits gained, and maybe I'll have a little less parental angst, after all the Munchkin is doing fine now....