Good morning, everyone.
Well, this is it. This is our final week of Theatre Company. As such, I decided to prepare a very short but meaningful task for everyone.
This week, I would like everyone to make a post about what Theatre Company, or Theatre in general, has meant to them this year (or in years past). I want this to be a final reflection that is shared with everyone in our Theatre Company, and I encourage you all to take the time to not only make a post, but to also read the posts of others.
I encourage you all to make your posts on Microsoft Teams, but if you’d like to make them here, I can copy them onto Teams at the end of the week so that the rest of our class can see your comment. I will do the same if you decide to email me as well. Below is my post for the week on what Theatre Company has meant to me this year.
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you all that Theatre is an important aspect of my life, what with me being your Drama teacher and all. Theatre is a place where I can feel powerful and confident in myself. A place where I can test my limits and create works of wonder, comedy, tragedy and joy.
However, Theatre is also a place where I can feel vulnerable and safe. It is a place where I can share my deepest fears, my fondest memories and my unending gratitude with a group of people that have come to treat me as family.
This year, I felt like my Theatre family grew in so many ways. I got to watch some of you grow as actors, challenging yourselves to take new risks. I got to meet some of you for the first time, and be amazed by the sheer talent that was sleeping within you all along. I got to spend precious hours in rehearsals with you all, watching a performance develop over time. I honestly could not be more proud to have met all of you in my life.
And while I know that this pandemic stopped you from being able to show the world you hard work, I want you all to know that you are seen. You are seen by your director, proud from his seat. You are seen by your fellow actors, honoured in sharing the stage with you. And you are seen by yourself, finding the courage to improve every day.
To those of you who I will get to work with next year: I cannot wait to have another journey with you in the years to come. You have all grown so much, and I cannot wait to see what blooms in the future.
To those of you who will be moving on to greater things: it was truly an honour, a blessing and a joy to have shared the stage with you all. I wish you nothing but the best wherever you go, and I hope that you know that the Theatre will always be your home. That door will always be open any day you need to come find a familiar space, where you can feel confidant, yet vulnerable. Where you can take risks, yet find the safety of friends.
It has been a wonderful semester and a fantastic year working with each and every one of you. I hope that you all have a productive and healthy remainder of the school year.