A Little Drama Practice

24 Apr

Junior Highers scare me…

No like really, I’m afraid I won’t be able to communicate with them or even tolerate the incessant jabbering they do, and don’t get me started on the the amount of blushing and EWWW!’s and snickering that happen when you mention that S word.

As someone who has always felt called to youth ministry, the above statement embarrasses, even ashames me. Thus I’ve often told my boyfriend it wouldn’t surprise me if at some point we were junior high pastors. God does have a sense of humor. But the truth still stands that I’m kinda timid when it comes to being in a room full of junior high students. That is till this past Saturday.

Saturday I was asked by the youth pastor to come in a help with drama practice for Fine Arts. I was kinda skeptical that help would matter. I mean we’re dealing with two weeks left until the festival, a group of 12 year olds who have never done drama, competition where literally the best don’t have bones (side note: I watched a team last year at nationals BUILD themselves up into a tree and a chick literally SLITHER like a snake to the ground and turn into the devil. CRAZY), and these precious children had not even practiced the whole song yet. Boy did I have a lot to learn that day.

Not only was I quite impressed with how good they were having only two practices to their name but I learned so much from JUNIOR HIGH students that day that I could apply to my life.

1. They believed they could do it and succeed. I walked into practice doing my best not to write them off. In my head there wasn’t enough time to reach the level that needed reaching. But they jumped right into it and never doubted the odds. They didn’t see how crazy it was. Only that they were gonna do it and have fun.

2. They were eager to learn. One of the most important things we can grasp in success is how eager we are. What motivates us to push past doubts and obstacles. Even though these kids were racing the clock on learning the drama, they took it on head first and wanted to learn it. This was only their second time practicing it, they have one more Saturday to go. After the youth pastor remarked on how glad he was they made it all the way through and that they had another week to practice, he asked, “you know what we’re gonna do next weekend?” Much to both our surprise, one boy quickly piped up, “PERFECT IT.” How do you argue with that?

3. They were fearless. There was a part in the drama that theirs was based off of where two people rolled backwards. If you’ve kept up any with human videos since the 90s you’ll have seen a dramatic shift from the days of Avalon’s All the Colors of the Rainbow choreographed  in unsion to just crazy acrobatic stunts and things being build out of humans. Rolls are really quite simple in contrast but my first thought was great, now I’ve gotta sweet talk two folks into rolls. Last year working with the high school team it was like pulling teeth to get folks to roll. One girl stated, “see all this, it don’t roll. I eat rolls.” This was the response I was preparing myself for but I had several jump up, I wanna do it, me, let me do it, see I can roll. Amazed. They even were excited to build up on each other.

I can’t say how they’ll do in the competition. It’s rough and cutthroat. But I can say I left practice that day, humbled. I learned so much from a group that honestly I’ve always been afraid to really get around. I learned they’re still at a stage of innocence for the most part that most of us need to get back too.



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