I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have the Arts. I don’t know if I would have turned out as fabulous as I am without the power of creativity and the joy that I got from making the things that I imagined as a kid. Yes, they were mostly decorative or used for toys, but the knowledge that came with this was life changing. I could dream up things like stories. I could make them come to life by being a character. I could make someone smile when they were feeling down with one of those characters. I could entertain other people and not just my family.
As I got a little older, I realized that I don’t think like most people because of how I used my imagination in the past. I thought outside the box. A habit that still helps me.
The Arts taught me how focus and to use imagination to solve problems in the “real” world, and not to just stand around and think up the same old conventional way that I was taught in school.
The Arts taught me that there was more inside of me than I ever believed. But there was only one Problem…
I wish it taught all this to me while I was still a youngster.
This is why, when I got an invite from my buddy Paul telling me about this show and the kids involved in it, I knew we could make a difference. So I am reaching out to you, you fabulous and wonderful bunch of people, to join me in “Pack The House” for Monroe Middle School. This weekend, the aim for the show, Seussical Jr., is to encourage the young performers to continue their pursuit of the Arts.
Do me a favor, close your eyes. Think back to when you were in middle school. Imagine how those children would feel performing on stage, some of them for the first time. The hesitation, nerves and fear that are screaming in their bodies to not make a fool of themselves, because it would be uncool to the other kids. Because when you are in school, it’s always about what the other kids think. Now imagine that because you are there encouraging, laughing and cheering on those nervous youngsters how different the outcome could be.
Not only will the Arts benefit from a new generation of performers getting experience on stage, but the performers will benefit because of the Arts that have brought them to the stage. And you get to be part of that magic. Please, please join me at Monroe Middle School for Seussical Jr. and “Pack The House!!!”
There’s a Facebook invite going around that you can join: Facebook Event: Pack The House
Buy your tickets in advance here: Tickets for Seussical Jr. at Monroe Middle School
Click here for directions to Monroe Middle School at 1055 S. Monroe Street, San Jose, CA
There are 4 shows. Thursday 3/8, Friday 3/9, Saturday 3/10 starting at 7PM and Saturday 3/10 staring at 1PM.
I am thinking I might go opening night and if that doesn’t pan out, closing night would be my other choice.
I will be posting on twitter and Facebook which day I get my tickets for. Like I said, please come and be a part of this magical moment for these young performers.
I look forward to meeting you there!!