Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grads and Musicals

That was a long weekend! I attended my sister's graduation and I heard the best commencement speaker I've ever heard. I say that because I actually paid attention and still remember what she said. Here are some of the things she said.

Be creative. She talked about her son who met a higher-up in some company who could hook him up with an internship in the area of his study. He found out that they had both worked in the same ice cream company and had the same favorite ice cream flavor. He took her up on the offer and was persistent until the internship happened. And when he landed the internship, he filled a small cooler with the favorite ice cream flavor and hand delivered it to the higher-up with a hand-written thank you note. I agree, that is very creative. And memorable. He made head ways in the industry he wants to work in before he has graduated.

Congrats to @tweets_clarissa!
Take advantage of opportunities. The speaker was at an event where she offered the students an amazing opportunity. For every student that gave her his/her contact info, the speaker was going to personally match him/her with a mentor from the speaker's own personal network. 100 students gave their info. And she (and her team) matched all 100 students with appropriate mentors who were willing to work with the students. They gave the students their mentors' infos and it was up to the students to make contact. NO students did. What a waste.

Basically, the speaker's speech had an easy layout to follow. She was approachable and relatable. Her speech had practical tips for the grads, but they were applicable to everyone. She spoke not just to the graduates, but to all who attended. It was great. I actually learned something. Imagine that.

In other long weekend news, my brother and I attended a "Hairspray" production. It was presented by the NorCal Academy of Performing Arts. We knew someone in it. She was amazing! And I'm not being biased. I say this as a person who have seen theater productions including tons of musicals, ballets, and plays. Most of them were professionally produced, some were by smaller companies, and a few by schools. I say this as a person who have taken many dance lessons and have gone to musicals and dance performances to specifically watch how they dance and write about it.

The girl we knew had lots of dance experience and it showed. She outshone every dancer next to her. Her frame was strong and stable. Her moves here sharp. Her feet were pointed! Her voice was also strong. It didn't waver from her dancing. And she emoted believably. Probably a little exaggeratedly up close, but it was perfect for the audiences, especially those a little far away. And she didn't even have a big role. She's 13.

Sadly, one or more of these suffered in most of the actors and actresses: acting, singing, or dancing. They didn't have the experience to balance the three and you could see where one or more faltered. BUT the good were SUPER GOOD. I was blown away by the performances of the guy who played Edna Turnblad (in everything he did) and the girl who played Motormouth Mabel (in her solo of "I Know Where I've Been").

And here's another BUT for you. These actors and actresses were young. Teenagers, probably nobody older than 17 or 18 years old. So okay, it's not the best production I've seen. There was even a lull at one point. We weren't sure who forgot their line. It was awkward. And they have got to learn to stop adjusting their costumes. Still, they were kids with amazing talent and plenty of potential. Bravo and brava!

No comments: