As a student at MCHS, I try to stay active, even after the final bell rings. There are so many clubs and sports to choose from that it's hard to pick which ones to spend time on.
Some kids pick sports because they like to compete and others pick clubs because they like to learn new things while meeting new people. A club that offers all of these things is theatre. This activity is something most people ignore, but is truly a hidden gem.
Theatre is a place where you can immerse yourself and get lost in the world of whatever show is being put on. I wish students at our school and adults in the community could see firsthand what theatre can teach kids. It's not just a group of kids running around on stage speaking in a Shakespearian tongue.
From the start of each production, you would see a group of students learning lines and blocking. The average person would think that's all theatre is, but for students involved in the behind-the-scenes work, it would surprise you how much work goes into creating a show.
Stage crew meets every Saturday to build the set. I believe this is one of the greatest advantages of doing theatre. Learning craftsmanship is a skill that can be used long after high school. Here at MCHS, we are very hands-on and get to learn not only how to use tools but then go build massive sets with them.
For those interested in technology, our tech crew is in charge of lighting and sound design. Both stage crew and tech crew offer many chances for problem solving, which can be applied in all aspects of life.
I think all adults should want their kids to attempt theatre and see if they like it. It's a great way to meet new people, learn useful skills, and do something they can be proud of in the end.
The feeling after an opening night is amazing and after the set comes down and the production is over, the memories made will stick with you forever. With this being said. I would hope that more people will come out and support the students who worked so hard to put on a show they can be proud of.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. as the Michigan City High School Drama Club presents the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, "Cinderella".
Kyle Hurt is a student at Michigan City High School. City Pride is a regular column produced by MCHS students.