There is something special about our musicals at SPLS. Yes, they include all of our school-aged students; something quite unique in itself. Yes, it is a wonderful highlight especially for our Senior students as part of their final year/s at our school. Yes, it brings our whole community together in a way that few other events do. All of these things are special and so much more.
The thing that I really love about the musical each year, is watching certain students shine in ways that perhaps one might not have anticipated. Experiences like this often give opportunities to students that bring out certain gifts but also allow them to overcome inhibitions.
There nothing like seeing a quieter reserved child stand in front of a crowd and bright lights and deliver their lines or sing, dance or ‘ham it up’ in ways that you couldn’t imagine. The musical relies so much on positive collaboration, supportive peers and encouraging staff who provide an environment that allows every child to shine. This is more obvious no doubt with the older students who have the bigger parts but I see it also at all year levels. The confidence that results and the collective joy of achieving something together is a wonderful thing.
There is a certain courage required to step out of one’s comfort zone and perform in front of others. Perhaps a step that some children would not want to take initially but the culture of our school allows for this to happen quite naturally and safely.
God gives everyone gifts. Sometimes it’s hard to know what our gifts are. We all need opportunities for us to see where our gifting lies. The gifts that we are given, can be used for many reasons, but ultimately they should be used to serve others. Standing in front of a crowd of people delivering lines may not mean that one’s giftedness lies in theatre arts, it might, but it might mean that one is developing their gift of courage or grit or to be used in some other way that might serve others and God.
Thank you to the staff, parents and students of our school who support our children to shine and find their giftedness so they can use those God-given gifts to serve and love others.
“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10-11