Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Star of the Family

Isaac complains about not getting enough air-time on the blog, so this post is dedicated entirely to him!

Isaac has been rehearsing for two plays simultaneously since Christmas break and recently had performances for both. The first was called Rag Time. I don't have first-hand knowledge of how it went because I baby-sat the little kids so that my parents could go, but from what I've heard Isaac and the rest of the cast did an amazing job!

Tonight Isaac performed one of the twenty-one (WOW) performances of The Little Rock Nine that he will be doing until March. The play was about the nine African American students who were the first to integrate Central high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. They were initially prevented from entering the high school by the Arkansas National Guard and a mob of hateful integration protestors. President Eisenhower eventually ordered the 101st Air Division of the United States Army to escort the students to school.
I love how Isaac's involvement in the play gave him an intimate perspective on a such a historic event in our nation's history. Not to mention the singing and acting were INCREDIBLE!

I have to admit however, that my favorite part of the night was watching my Grandpa experience the performance. Since the beginning it has been a rocky road with him in terms of adoption/race in our family and for him to not only watch the play but then approach the actors afterwards to thank them and tell them what a great job they did almost brought me to tears. Theatre is a powerful art form and I could tell the performance really touched my Grandpa. He seemed so proud of his grandson! We all were :)

(The pic on top is of Isaac with some of the cast from the Little Rock Nine and these next few pictures are all from Ragtime that I stole off Isaac's facebook page)

Up Next: A few posts about living in the inner-city in response to Sarah's question :)


Rachel said...

That's so awesome Kelsey! WAY TO GO, Isaac! And I was touched by your Grandpa's reaction too... I remember going through similar experiences with my Grandparents when we would have certain friends over. I am happy he is opening up and being accepting and encouraging.

momteacherfriend said...

Hey Kelsy...
I came across this quote today and it made me think of you. :)

Mitch Hedberg

"With a stop light, green means 'go' and yellow means 'slow down'. With a banana, however, it is quite the opposite. Yellow means 'go', green means 'whoa, slow down', and red means 'where the heck did you get that banana?'"