On Sunday, November 13th, 2016 I was invited to attend a Educational Theatre Association Alumni Fundraising Event. It was held at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. And my reaction was initially neutral. Always want to support the arts, but it was a Sunday night of a big work week ahead.
So my friend Jim and I headed to the show.
And then something crazy happened.
Broadway performers, Tony award winners, Tony nominees, and young students performers all showed up to deliver their A-Game. Who knew it would be such a dynamic and special evening.
EdTA has never done an event like this before on the west coast. This was their first one and they wanted to showcase Theatre performers who are working in TV/Film.
While everyone delivered amazing work, there were a few stand outs.
Steve Kazee, Tony Award winner for ONCE: The Musical was extraordinary. He told his story as a young guy in rural america who found his voice and way to becoming a performer. He sang “Gold” from Once while playing the guitar.
Becky Lythgoe stood out with her performance of “Everybody’s Girl” from Steel Pier.
And Barrett Foa performed “One More Day” from Les Miserables as 7 characters.
The night was inspiring for a few reasons:
- It was clear that the people who are succeeding are because they are being fully themselves.
- The arts produces smart, witty, thoughtful people.
- Commit and perform full out as if your life depends on it.
- Access to arts education as early as possible will yield incredible results.