Day Thirty-Three, and It’s Fun to Create in a Group

Posted Feb 12 2012, 1:02 am

Last night I got to re-live one of the pleasures of high school (though this time as an adult observer): the high school musical. The kids at my school did Bye-Bye Birdie, and were totally endearing and wonderful.

I remember doing musicals as a teen, and remember the absolute high we got when the show came together and we sang and danced as one, and had an audience laughing and clapping. And I remember the burst of happiness as the final curtain fell, and all of us leaped in the air and shrieked and threw our arms around each other and bounced up and down with sheer squealing teenage giddiness.

The show last night didn’t use a curtain, so we just watched as our students did exactly that the second the final lights went down. It was great to see: the same exuberance, the same amazement at what they’d pulled together, the same total joy to have created something in the company of friends.

It got me to thinking (once again) about how cool the sprints are. Maybe we’re not singing and dancing and getting applause, but the sprints give us a chance (in what can otherwise be an awfully lonely profession) to get together with others to create. Maybe some of us are a little too creaky in the knees to bounce up and down very much, but there’s a exuberance about working in a group that never gets old.

So what are you wanting to bounce up and down about today?



2 responses to “Day Thirty-Three, and It’s Fun to Create in a Group”

  1. Kristina Mathews says:

    Our local high school has an amazing theater department. I’ve seen musicals of Les Mis and Chicago that were so good we forgot they were high school students. Until after the show when they jumped around as giddy as, well, schoolgirls.

    I finally getting back on track. That darned middle. Also, it seems that after I finish a love scene, there’s an awkwardness between me and my manuscript. Eventually I’l get over it. Either that or I’ll have to skip them in the first draft or write them in another file and insert them after I’ve finished the rest of the book.

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