What a night of celebration for 35 years of teacher passion! James Coleman, drama-dance teacher at Spence School for Girls presented his last play last night, Love and Information by Carly Churchill. A play filled with lots of short scenes, lots of young actors, clever scene changes that moved seamlessly. WOW!
James looked tired last night, the way I remember feeling but it was an appreciated tired and in two weeks or so, after the holidays James will be ready to really celebrate on Broadway with me.
As we sat together for a late night post-show dinner we did get to share our bonding experience at Hofstra U, my alma mater. 25 years ago I was back for a two-week theater course, to live in the dorms again and walk the campus as I had in 1967 just beginning as a freshman.
James and I found each other easily there because most of the participants were elementary teachers in search of an easy 6 grad credits in July. Little did they know that it wouldn’t be so easy. For us, real high school directors the challenges were wonderful and with a small group of fellow directors we spent a great two weeks.
And from that summer on we have blossomed as friends and colleagues. I couldn’t have touched Shakespeare if I hadn’t seen his Hamlet.
As I begin Kim’s month of GIVING Photo Challenge, this post that’s been sitting and gathering dust in my draft box, is a perfect way to kick-off December.
Thanks James for our friendship. Now that you have joined my club when can move forward on the same page. Morning time can be savored.