We always talk with SDP kids about the role they play in each other’s lives. While many find the most important role in theatre to be the lead character... we find the role you play as a person to be the most important in your cast, theatre community, and beyond.
My husband, Brandon Kelly, and I both grew up in community theatre and many of our cast mates and mentors are still in our lives today!
I have been lucky in my life to have multiple “theatre moms and dads.” Adults in my life that I met through theatre, but from there a bond was created that lasted through all the seasons of my life.
They drive in to see shows at SDP and love and support cast members the same way they did me over twenty years ago. They attended our wedding. They were there for the birth of my nieces. They send me “happys” in the mail just to let me know they are thinking about me.
Unless you have experienced it, you can not imagine how amazing it feels to have the same support network to count on for over twenty years. That no matter what part or role I had as a kid (even if it was a part their child wanted) they supported me. They applauded me. They let me know I was loved as one of their own.
I started thinking about all this recently thanks to the amazing support I have seen from the parents of the SDP Junie B Jones Jr. cast! A group of parents have risen up and are so vocal with their support for other people’s children that it is radiating through the entire theatre!
So many times negativity is the loudest sound in a room. This group has decided to overcome that with shouting their positivity from the rooftops... and let me tell you it is being heard!
It’s amazing what that kind of support at home, from the lobby, and from the audience can do for a group of children! They are walking taller, they are openly supporting each other, and they are full of life and positivity thanks to those in their life outside of these doors!
Being a child is hard. As adults I think we have to keep in mind the influence that we have in the young lives around us. They don’t understand why the adults in their lives care more about roles than they do and in turn that negativity starts to radiate through them.
So if you’re positive and you are ready to shower not just your kids but all the kids in your life with consistent positivity and support... speak up! We need your voices! These kids need to know you are out there supporting them!
Thank you to all the parents stepping up to the plate today and all the adults that have stepped up in my life over the years! You are helping shape the world around you for the better.
-Executive Director and Co-founder, Lindsay Kelly