We’ve just completed another milestone in life at our house: A high school musical. Jacob, a sophomore, auditioned in October for his school’s production of Titanic. Unlike the movie version which centered around a love story, the musical focused on the struggles aboard the ship—for power at the helm, for distinction between the classes and for accepting one’s fate in life.
Instead of waxing on and on ad nauseum about the time and dedication that it took to put on this production, I will let a few photos speak for themselves. But, I will say that a cast of 57 actors/singers spent nearly four months rehearsing and went through over 200 costumes to present a fantastic show that nearly sold out all four performances. I had to keep reminding myself that they were just kids up there, acting, singing and dancing like old pros.
Jacob played three parts: Officer Pitman (who kept a clipboard handy for checking off passengers and produce), the Major (a first-class passenger with a tendency to tell old war stories), and a third-class passenger. He sang, he danced, he made his family proud. We talked about this being his first foray into acting, but he reminded me that he had a lead role in third grade playing Santa for the Christmas play—and his pants fell down. This was certainly a step up!
If you are curious about the story, you can learn everything about the fateful voyage here. And just a small piece of trivia, there is one lone survivor still living. Millvina Dean was just nine weeks old when the ship sank.
For the musical, those who died were depicted in all white during the final scene, as you can see in the photo of the curtain call. Well done, kids!