Better than “Hamilton” on Broadway!
O.k. Now that I have your attention, I may have exaggerated a bit but it’s the best show I’VE ever seen and with good reason. Our son, Andres had his first lead role in a musical recently. He played “Emmett” in his middle school’s rendition of “Legally Blonde.”
It’s an experience I won’t soon forget and one I want to share with you because, as parents, these are the moments we live for.
It’s actually the first time Andres has been in a musical and my first experience as a “Drama Mama.” A what? That was my reaction when I first heard the term. Apparently, it applies to moms who help out back stage. I was partly in charge of organizing the costumes and, with mostly female roles, there were lots of them to keep track of. I really enjoyed working with the other moms (or my fellow Drama Mamas) and watching our children grow from the experience. The students all showed incredible maturity for their age. Showing up to rehearsals on time, being respectful of one another, and supporting each other. It was incredible seeing them improve with each rehearsal but the best was opening night. The few hours leading up to curtain call were exhilarating. First there were mic checks, then vocal warm-ups, then Mr. Orizondo, their amazing drama teacher/director had a final “pow-wow” with the cast. Moments later it was show time and they had a full-house. Three nights in a row with standing ovations! My hands hurt from clapping so hard. I was celebrating more than just a great performance.
Our son had finally found his niche.
I’m sure many of you have had a similar experience with your children. Perhaps it was that first basketball game, or first home run. Maybe it was that winning goal just seconds before the end of the soccer match. As a parent, it’s the best feeling in the world to see your children doing something they love and succeeding at it. Singing is our son’s “sport” and to see him embrace his talent and share it with others is the most fulfilling experience I’ve ever had. I hope to continue to see Andres on stage for many, many years to come. I’ve promised him not to become a “stage mom” but if they ever need a “drama mama” again, they can count on me.
Beatriz Canals is an Emmy nominated journalist and proud mom. She has a 12 year old son, Andres and 24 year old step-daughter, Victoria.