The Theater Slam was a creation of the Baldwin Drama Club and my friend Ms. Jenkins who modeled it after a similar event at her alma mater. In short, around 30 thirty students stayed up all night from 8pm Friday night until 6pm Saturday writing and ultimately performing skits for the general public. Along the way, there were various challenges they had to overcome and as a result, various quirks their skits were forced to adopt. It wasn't just an exercise in writing under pressure, but dealing with the struggle along the way. By the time the final show happened, the students were exhausted, but surprisingly well-written as far as their dialogue was concerned. There were a number of clever skits and it was really inspiring to see the students create something, even and especially under duress. The struggle not only allowed for something positive...but made the final product feel all the better.
Of course, I was a little disappointed I didn't get to witness more of the event. I had hoped to go last night, only to have my late night pop-in cancelled as a result of the snow. It didn't seem like a great idea to risk crashing at 11pm for a visit to BHS. When I woke up this morning, I decided to redeem myself and drive to the school to see the work in progress. My trip was cut short by a popped tire on my car...which meant I would only be able to see the final result with everyone else. Despite the weather and road related struggles, I still got to see the end result, and now my car has much better tires than before as winter starts to get bad. The negative yields an eventual positive...and the mantra proves accurate yet again.
As the Theater Slam students finally get some sleep, I wanted to offer them one last congratulations. Putting on a show is one thing; creating something from scratch is another. Though the quality of the work might not be the same as a two-hour play rehearsed over three months, the struggle behind today's effort made it just as memorable. Well done.