Thanksgiving has come and gone—and so has Fine Arts.
A lot of people have been asking me what it was like being in Fine Arts for the first time. Simply put: it was awesome.
This Thanksgiving’s performance, H.M.S. Pinafore, has been quite the adventure for me. I have never been in Fine Arts before—or a musical for that matter! But wow. I was sitting at rehearsal the other day when this thought crossed my mind:
This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had.
Sure, it required a lot of time and effort, but the fun I have had has been unreal. I don’t think you can really grasp how much goes into a Fine Arts production unless you take part in one yourself. It was an eye-opener for me, that’s for sure.
It’s amazing how the production came together, considering how long the road has been. The journey began back in September when we began learning the music and memorizing our stage movements. Mrs. Goncalves and Mr. Burke dedicated countless hours to the production, many of them into the late hours of the night. Under their direction, the play consistently grew day by day, culminating in the final performances on Thanksgiving weekend.
The play was a comedy, so it was our job to make you guys laugh. I hope that goal was accomplished! I mean, c’mon, how funny was Dick Deadeye? And how great was the set that Stage Crew put together?
I have been asked how I was able to handle a double-major class load and Fine Arts at the same time. Honestly, I have to attribute that all to God. I’ll be the first to admit that I have been under tremendous pressure this entire semester, but I firmly believe that pressure makes an individual stronger. Pressure to do well in classes, pressure to practice for the play, pressure to succeed. Like a diamond in the earth, pressure makes the ordinary extraordinary. And this has certainly been an extraordinary semester for me.
While there is a certain amount of pressure involved, participating in Fine Arts comes with a great reward. Satisfaction. I felt like I was a part of a family—a camaraderie—and I met so many new people. The friendships that I have made along the way were well worth it all. But most importantly, being in Fine Arts makes you realize that you are part of something bigger. Something bigger than yourself. It was incredible to be with so many amazing people united under one effort: to use their gifts for God.
And that’s what life is really all about, right? As Christians, we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. And while doing what God has called us to do may include extraordinary pressure, God has a way of returning that with worthy rewards.
So if you have ever thought about participating in Fine Arts, don’t let the prospect of pressure hold you back! Think of it as a necessary molding of your character. A refining of your person. Fine Arts will test you academically, physically, and spiritually—but the reward is well worth the effort.
And you never know how much fun you’ll have along the way!