I stopped by my old high school last night to see the latest production of the drama club, Godspell. I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years since I was on that stage. The alumni office tried to coordinate a drama club alumni night, inviting people who had been a part of the drama club back and giving them free tickets to the play. I accepted, since I hadn't been back to my school in some time.
It was definitely weird being in my high school again. I was disappointed to find that there hadn't been much changes in the theater since I left. It still had the same seats, same curtains, same everything. Meanwhile, the school has new computer labs and playing fields. I suppose this is typical for most schools, as arts always seems to get the low end of the budget.
I was also disappointed that so few drama club alumni showed up. All in all, there were about 20 of us, but most were from the 80s, and only my friend Katie and me were from the 90s. I know for a fact that a lot of the people I was in drama club with still live in the area, why not come out and support the latest generation?
Being there also made me realize how much I miss performing on stage. At the little alumni get together, they were showing video from various performances and low and behold...there I was! It all came back to me, how exciting it was, how much fun I had. There's really nothing like performing in front of your high school, showing your friends and teachers a side of you they never get to see. That's a feeling you can't recreate outside of school, not on a paid job, not in community theater, and not on Broadway. Maybe some day I'll have the free time to to give back to the drama club at my old high school. I couldn't imagine anything more fun and rewarding than showing a bunch of high school kids the magic of theater.
Every time I get sick (which I have been for the past week), I find myself wondering, "why haven't we cured this yet?" I mean, we can have a near 80 percent cure rate for childhood cancer, but man, if you get the flu, you're on your own. Bedrest and plenty of fluids.
Speaking of which, it's hard to get fluids in when you're throwing up all the time. I always wondered why no one invented something like Gatorade for people who are dehydrated due to throwing up. Something that provided the electrolytes in a rapidly absorbable form that also wouldn't burn your throat if you had to throw it up again. Gatorade itself is too heavy and full of sugar for someone who's nauseous.
Don't mean to gross anyone out, but next time you're sick, think about it.