An interview with Wayne Matthews, director of the North Central University Fall 2009 production of "The Fantasticks."
Have you ever wondered what a shoebox donated to Operation Christmas Child has done in the life of a child? As items are specially picked out, placed in boxes and sent out with a special prayer, it is everyone’s hope that the gifts would be received knowing the love behind them.
The screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are has more raw emotion and feeling in the first twenty minutes than a combination of most popular kids’ movies that have been released in the entirety of last year.
The lights dim, everyone is seated in quiet anticipation of the spectacle that will captivate and entertain hundreds over the next eight performances. In a flash of light, colors, and sounds memories will be made and an experience will be shared. Soon the illusion that is “The Fantasticks” will make its 2009 debut. This one-of-a-kind musical blends comedy, melodrama, romance and disturbing situations to take the audience on a journey into a world only one step away from reality.
Abbreviations have engulfed my vocabulary. And I’m not just talking about the usual text-speak words like: “lol,” “jk,” “btw,” “brb,” etc.
I’m talking about shortening words down to a single syllable, such as: super to “supes,” marvelous to “marv,” totally to “totes,” hilarious to “hil,” stupid to “stupe,” precious to “presh,” best friend to “bestie,” and that’s just to name a few.
Abbreviations are my latest “obsession,” if you will, and hearing other people use them brings me great joy. They are a constant source of laughter in my life, and who doesn’t love to laugh?
What is your reaction when you notice how privileged your life is compared to another’s? Do you force those thoughts out of your mind, or do you chalk it up to the fact that everyone has their own troubles to bear? Do you slip them a five dollar bill and then go on your way, feeling pleased because you evened life’s playing field by a whole paper Abe?
A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to interview five of our cafeteria workers, who are Ecuadorian immigrants. They all agreed to sit with me over their one o’clock lunch hour and share their life experiences, which I was more than eager to do.