Is It Spring Yet?

I’m tired of waiting. Can’t it just be April? With 65 degree days with mid 40’s at night. Can’t the snow melt and ground stop being soggy? Can’t the tree limbs that fell during the ice storm, be chopped into mulch and gotten rid of? Can’t the spring flowers begin to bloom, brightening all our days? Is this really too much to ask for?

I’m ready for the cold weather to move north and leave us the f*ck alone. The low tonight will be 11 degrees. The high tomorrow will be the mid 20’s. It’s March for pete’s sake. It’s time for warm weather.

Speaking of spring. I’ve been working on the spring play at the local high school. I volunteered for this duty because I was bored and not doing anything else. It’s amazing how bad theatre can really be. It’s also amazing to see how hard these kids work at being bad. What I really want to say to them, is that it’s not really their fault. If they had a director that knew what she were doing, then the show might be okay. But Ms. X goes for the easy laugh and let’s the kids run the show. I sat in the house tonight, making changes to the lights wondering whether I should mind. Should I want the show to be good? Or is it more about the kids having a good time? Should I mind the scene with actors outside the bay window that the students suggested as being funny that just makes the show worse than it is? Should I mind that a minor character created so much stage business tonight in an effort to be funny that I stopped actually watching what the main characters were doing. I might add here that he wasn’t funny, just annoying.

I’m mixed on this situation. Part of me just likes knowing that they are having fun. But part of me wants them to realize that it’s a serious art that should be taken a little more seriously than they are taking it.

Since it’s not my show I can’t do anything about it anyway. I sit there, take notes about my design and try to ignore the rest of it. What do you guys think.