Every year I give a speech to a Theatre School that I am part of. I thought I would share it with you.
Do you believe in Magic? I do.
Why do you think I do? ( someone yelled from the audience “because you are awesome” )
Because that is what you do everytime you walk out on stage. You create Magic. You weave a spell with what you’re learning here and you bring your character to life for your audience sitting there.
AND I love that magic. I love seeing Robin Hood standing right in front of me. I love seeing the Pillow dragon flying across the stage. I love seeing Freddie and the Three Fat Fairies. I love seeing every single character as you bring them to life. And I love seeing how our students go on to do awesome things with their lives. I know students that are now performing all around the world. I know Lawyers, Teachers and Parents.
This year you made me proud, you made me laugh and some of you made me cry. YOU should all be very very proud of what you have done.
Original Scripts has been a huge part of my life for nearly 25 years and YES that makes me feel old.
But this year I experienced the Magic of Original Scripts in a way that i never realised existed.
The magic of queuing to see a play.
The magic that is seeing your child on stage. Experiencing his nerves, my nerves and the nerves of everyone that is queuing to come support someone.
But there is more magic to us than just what happens on stage. There is the Magic behind the scenes.
Our annual Kidsfest production wouldn’t happen without the wonderful support of the Rata Foundation and the hard work and dedication of the members of the Trust.
Our productions wouldn’t happen without the fantastic support of all of our volunteers. I was blown away by the quality of the lighting and sound in the shows this year.
( To the Parents ) The students wouldn’t be here without your love and support.
( To the Students ) And the magic onstage wouldn’t happen without all your hard work.
On behalf of the Trust and my family I would like to thank you for all your hard work this year.
I want to finish with a text my wife got this week “Last night was totally unbearable but the kids were absolutely amazing. So proud of the school. WHO said that kids of today are soft !!!. They are Champions.”
You are all champions.
Have an amazing Christmas and holidays and please keep being magical.