Well it’s finally here – the weekend we have all been waiting for. The junior high theater production of “Bugsy Malone”.
I have been the music director for several years now and we have done “Bugsy” before – about 5 years ago or so – different cast and crew – but it seems a little different somehow this time. Every time you have a different group of students – the dynamic changes. It has been exciting and terrifying all at the same time, trying to pull this one together – and not a lot of time to do it.
The set is great and the costumes are wonderful – but most of all – the students in this are AWESOME.
Opening night is tonight. I know that everything will come together just in time – it always does. And I know that I will look back on this one – as being the best cast and group of people I’ve even had the privilege of working with.
With this production – I say farewell – my best wishes and hopes are in the future theater department – to Laura McGinnis, teachers, parents and students who will undoubtedly take it to the next level. It has been a pleasure to work with music and to see how really great the students can be when someone believes in them – and how great they are when they believe. I am lucky – I keep in touch with many of my students after they move on – go to high school, college and then go off and have their own grown-up lives. They are all special and have a place in my heart – even when I don’t get to see or talk to them much.
And so – here we are – another group of students – some more pictures and unspoken memories which cannot be captured in a picture. I keep those in my heart.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the dress rehearsal last night.