Holy smokes, but our Lip Syncs were hot! What a delight to watch from the booth while students ran the lights and sounds for their classmates who performed an incredible variety of songs. Each class was divided into two sets of 3 – 6 acts complete with MCs who did a super job introducing and reminding our audience when to clap. Every performer was encouraged to invite another student on campus–what a delight to have some parents in the house as well!
While we did record most acts, it’s important to realize that theatre is ephemeral–it’s performed in real time in front of a live audience. Once the show is over, the lights go down, the audience thanks us with their wild applause, and we get ready for our next show. Too often we spend time watching an event through a lit-up cell phone. Yet, our brains do the recording for us. Theatre encourages us to be present–this show on this day at this particular time. Tomorrow’s show might be slightly different based on our audience.
That said, we will debrief our performances in class–some will be watched again, but all will be savored in our memory.