Mimi's involved in a little community teen theater, and she loves it! She likes the people, and she usually gets a fun part in whatever musical they're doing.
Anyway, there's always some drama going on in the theater. And I'm not talking about on the stage. Mostly we just put up with it, because it seems to go along with the territory. But last week there was a big blow-out. When Mimi called me to come and get her because rehearsal had closed EARLY --2 days before opening night-- I figured something was going on.
Now, I don't know what happened. But according to the kids there was an accusation of purse-stealing that ended up in the director/owner having a screaming/swearing match with one of the teens, and then doing it all over again when her mother showed up, after which all the kids were asked to leave the theater and go outside (after dark) to use someone's cell phone to call their parents to come pick them up. And while they were waiting outside? That's when the 2 police cars drove in because they had been called to the disturbance.
Oh where. do. I. start?
Mimi and I discussed it a little bit and agreed that there was a lot of unprofessional behavior and poor judgment going on, and maybe that wasn't the best environment, and as soon as this play has it's last performance she'd probably leave the theater, at least for awhile.
UNTIL -- a mere 2 days later came the GREASE announcement. Now I don't really know if he decided that he needed bribery to get people to audition for the next show or what. But if that's the case, he picked the wrong show.
I have never liked this musical. Well, that's not true. I liked it while I was sitting in the theater with the fun songs and bright colors - right up until the ending, where the boy COULDN'T turn "good" and have the relationship work out. Nope. The girl had to turn "bad". And then they all lived happily ever after.
Mimi desperately wants to audition for this. She argues that she knows her values and it's not like getting a part in a play is going to change her.
...But why support a production that's whole basis is immorality? And then there's the swearing and asking the kids to leave thing,which I still have a problem with.
Sometimes being the grown-up really stinks.