You'd probably have to be from here to understand, but when we moved to the Basin, music was NOT cool.
The high school band was really small - but growing! - the orchestra was downright pitiful. And the choir? Well, I wouldn't have been caught dead in the high school choir. Me.
You recall that I was part of a show choir of sorts during high school. Yes I was; it was sponsored by the college, directed (in part) by my mother, and was one of the best experiences of my school career. Stagelight has a long history of service, entertainment, music education, and, of course, relationship drama in this community. One time we tried to count up all the marriages born ....
Still, we were not "cool" by any means, and we had to do quite a bit of convincing to get our peers to even come watch our shows.
Imagine the time we had getting boys to actually join! Like pulling teeth! Year after year, we begged and pleaded and bribed. It was a fantastic success when we had twelve boys and twelve girls to make up a group.
Fast forward seven, eight years.
Things is changin' around here, Laurey! Maybe not with the high school choir (I wouldn't know), but I'll tell you, a grassroots movement has begun. And I'd like to take the credit.
Mom, Lana and I are directing Center Stage again, and in four rehearsals we have had EIGHTEEN BOYS sign up to be in the group. Eighteen. male. high school juniors and seniors. What are we going to do with them all??
For the first time in history we have more boys than girls.
(And many more boys and girls than we expected.)
The best part is, they can actually sing. Some are beginners, to be sure, but many others are capable of reading and holding a part. They're learning the music so quickly we might need to add more.
We are literally shaking our heads, wondering what to do with this group. We've got to decide soon, because our show is scheduled for December 2nd.
Want to come?