Unrelated to the board.
The sixth grade play was tonight. “Tom Sawyer.” Maybe 25-30 parts with some lines, and the remaining 90 or so kids in FULL COSTUME, with makeup, sitting in rows of bleachers in front of the stage, doing the singing. One group of about 25 of the chorus, including my kid (Middle Son), dressed in choir robes and such and up and onstage for the scene of Tom and Huck’s and Jim’s funeral. Working hard, having fun, looking good. The kids all did a great performance.
So what is Mom so pissed off about?
The goddamned m-f-ing programs! Hell, Middle Son could have done a better job of putting them together here at home on the 'puter. They looked like garbage. And, get this:
THEY ONLY LISTED THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PLAYING SPEAKING PARTS, AND DID NOT LIST THE NAMES OF ANY OF THE KIDS WHO WERE IN THE CHORUS!!! 30 kids got their names in the programs, and everybody else just didn’t exist!
AND THERE WAS AN ENTIRE 2/3s OF A PAGE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THAT WAS TOTALLY BLANK!!!
Excuse me? Shit, even on Broadway the members of the chorus get their names in the program. These kids attended every rehearsal, put together their costumes, did their makeup, learned their songs, helped construct the set. AND THEY HAVE NOTHING IN THE PROGRAM TO EVEN SHOW THAT THEY WERE THERE!!!
I save all the programs from the things my kids are in, from music concerts and plays to First Communion and stuff like that. Why on earth should I save THIS program?
And what does this say to the kids? Goddammit, I am PISSED OFF!!!
This is a goddamned company town! There were people in that audience tonight whose names you would know if I told them to you, and a bunch more who are techies for the entertainment industry. Wouldn’t you think that in this town whatever idiot was in charge of the programs would be ESPECIALLY careful to make sure that everybody’s name was in the program?
What a slap in the face to all those other kids, and what an insult to them and to their parents. Kids LOVE to see their names in programs – I saw several kid’s faces fall, then quickly mask themselves, when they saw that they weren’t privileged enough to earn an acknowledgement of their presence in the play. I guess the idiot in charge of programs was telling the “excess” kids that, well, we have to find something for you to do because you’re in the sixth grade, but you aren’t really part of what’s going on, so we’re not going to bother to list you and give you any credit for what you’ve done.
I am SO angry right now that I don’t even know what to do about it. I’m thinking of emailing the principal the link to this thread. I’m thinking of sending a letter to the school board (small town, maybe 4500 students in the district all told), with copies to every adult who participated in putting together the show. I’m certainly NOT putting a check for the Educational Foundation in the mail – what, you want me to donate money so you can put on a show and insult my kid?
And while I’m ranting, dammit – THEY SHOULD CONFISCATE CELL PHONES, PHOTO FLASH EQUIPMENT, AND PAGERS AT THE DOOR! At least three times in the performance some asshole’s phone rang. Literally dozens of times some inconsiderate asshole, not caring about anybody else, set off a flash, while taking a picture. Besides the rudeness of it all (and we suffer a lot in this town from the “I’m the most important person in the world” syndrome), it’s f-ing dangerous! When the lights are low, as in the scene in the cave, and some asshole flashes a light like that, there’s a very real risk of momentarily blinding the performers and causing an accident. Ah, let me tell you, that’s one event I would have been HAPPY to be handing out my card at!
The principal got up at the beginning and made a pretty little speech about the play. While she was at it she should have asked everybody to check their phones and pagers and make sure they were turned off, and emphasized the dangers – and rudeness-- in flash photography.
I’ll end my rant now. But I am still PISSED! (hey Ed! It ain’t at you! )