This evening, the Captain and I went to see Two in the high school spring musical. It is a production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Two has one funny line at the beginning of the play, and then performs with the ensemble. I often refer to him as "Jack of all Trades, Master of None," but I'm beginning to think that might be a misnomer. He's really quite the actor.
Two also performed in the fall drama, which was a quirky Tom Stoppard play called "The Real Inspector Hound." When we met the director at a school event, she told us how impressed she had been with Two's audition. We were surprised, and intrigued. When we saw him on the stage, we understood. It was a small cast, and he had a significant role. His Aunt Janet came to one of the performances, and commented that he and the dear, departed Sean O'Neil were probably the best actors on the stage, because they were really in the scene, communicating, having a conversation.
Tonight I noticed this same ability. I know that Two wishes he had a larger role. But each time he was on stage, he was completely in character, and acting in the moment. He was really commited to the part. I made sure I told him what I had seen, and how I thought he had real talent. He was appreciative of the compliment, and seemed proud of his work.
I consider myself outgoing, and I have no difficulty talking to strangers. But it takes real confidence to get up and perform in front of an audience. I only did it a few times as a teenager, and I remember it as a nerve-wracking experience. Two has no jitters. We've asked him if he gets anxious before an audition, or performance. Nope. He's at ease with himself, and that's a gift, especially for a teenager. It's such a tumultuous time in life. To find something you enjoy doing, that you're good at, can be a lifeline through those murky years.
I know I've commented on Two's slacker tendencies in other areas. But theatre requires real dedication, as an individual, and to the community. I'm grateful he's found a calling. It may not be his life's work, but that's not important. With each performance, he's crafting a better man.
What do you enjoy doing? What do you do well? Is there something that makes you feel satisfyingly whole?
(The Diaries may be my thing).