The Joy of Middle School Theatre

Watched a middle school production of “Mulan Jr.” this afternoon. I think the audience had as much fun as the kids, especially when there was a technical problem with the music near the end that left them standing center stage with nothing to do after the defeat of the Huns. After about 20 seconds (which feels like forever on stage) Li Shang looks at the Emperor and says “so…how’s China?” to which the Emperor replies “better, now that you’re here,” but everyone was already laughing too hard by that point to hear the rest.

The teacher had enough of the laughter from the cast and audience and leaned in from the side to kick off an acapella version of their song. Big finish, show’s over, then we all had to wait for the cast to gather onstage for their official cast photo, taken by a mom with her iPhone, before we could leave the bleachers.

Middle School musical theatre is so good.

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