Whenever, I want to just relax, I watch a superhero movie. I love the journey that the unsuspecting hero embarks on to discover who they truly are. I enjoy watching the character having to dig down to find and accept the role they were destined but not desiring to play in order to use fully all the gifts they have been given. And I like to see how and what they have to sacrifice in order to employ their gifts; seeing them become who they are fully meant to be.
In the last couple weeks, I have had very difficult discussions with my seniors. They are discovering who they are truly meant to be. And they are on a journey to understand why they can’t do their senior projects: The children’s show, the dance concert, the film festival and the actor’s showcase in NY. The senior theatre majors plus 3 TV Film majors were particularly challenged because one of their professors who they were in contact with had to get tested for the coronavirus which meant they all had to be quarantined until the results were given. The results of the test were held up for 10 days. The quarantine felt interminable.
Through the adversity of the coronavirus they are discovering the superhero inside of them. We have talked about the fact that they have been chosen to be a part of this awful yet illuminating experience. And since it is God who has chosen this moment in time and space for them to exist then He is the one they need to lean on and trust. Now, is the time for them to understand and embrace their need for a loving and all-knowing Father who has a plan for each of them; and that they will come out of this stronger, more loving, more caring people and artists. From their new-found strength they will be better leaders for tomorrow’s world. I can see they are growing from this experience. They are truly amazing people. I am playing with two monikers for them either the Covid-kids or QKs (short for ‘Quarantine Kids’).
The fact is we have all been chosen to go through this challenge. And we have all been given the tools to be superheroes right now. Those tools are prayer and each other. I have asked our students to write down and share something positive that has happened since the coronavirus hit. One of our senior theatre majors wrote: “We entered the experience of our senior show, Jungle Book, as friends, through the coronavirus we have become family.” And they are all now steadfastly on the journey to truly “be who they are and to be that well.”
Division Head, Division of Performing Arts;
Associate Professor; Actor, Director