Friday, May 2, 2008

A Powerful Show

Tonight was the official Opening Night of the musical, and it did not go off without a hitch; it was delayed 20 minutes, due to an electrical issue. Apparently, the stage director feared a fire as the result of some wiring appearing vulnerable and some power going out, and he went so far as to gather four fire extinguishers, "just in case." An electrician came forward and offered his help , so they managed to patch things up and get the wires to do whatever it was they had stopped doing. Add to this the powerful drama of middle schoolers already hyped up for the show, and you have some kids beginning to panic!

Kendall told me that while this was going on, about half of the kids in the musical (75) were behind the curtains on stage, wondering what to do, when a couple of girls started a prayer circle. (This is a public school, by the way.) She said it was "so cool," because everyone gathered around and held a number of prayer circles in which they held hands and prayed that everyone would be safe. She said that one girl asked, "Lord, you don't have to put this at the top of your list if you have more important things to tend with. We know this is just a middle school musical, but it would mean a lot if you could help." (This chokes me up to type this.)

So tonight, the show did go on. Kendall was amazing, as were the rest of the kids. When the curtain closed the final time, we could hear them cheering wildly behind it, high-fiving each other on their success at performing an incredible show, yes; but also ecstatic that their prayers had been answered.

There was a lot more going on tonight than a show, and Kendall was blessed to be a part of it.

(That said, I'll have pictures and video by Sunday!!)

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