Principal’s Letter: Tryouts!

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It’s a word that strikes fear into seasoned actors and neophytes alike. But wait, this is the Aspen Community School and tryouts for our annual Spring Musical, “Suess,” are about learning, not terror. In fact, student tryout day — this year on April 3rd — is one of my favorite days at school. Here’s why:

  • Students are encouraged to “try” something new, something risky and to stretch themselves so we can see a glimpse of what they can do. It could be a song, a poem, a skit with friends or playing a musical instrument.
  • Everyone gets a part, so no one is left “out.”
  • It’s supportive. Every teacher and student watches, encourages and acknowledges each tryout. It’s about effort and giving it your all. We laugh and make mistakes and it’s ok. (Sorry, no parents are allowed, but we’ll give you the highlights!)
  • The play directors have an opportunity to shape parts to highlight student talents.
  • It’s fun!

My experience is that the best tryouts are well planned, rehearsed and heartfelt. The judges are all about effort, passion and taking the risk to be yourself. So in the wise words of Theodor Geisel, remember: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

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