The Magic Of The Theatre Stage

Television and movies have numbed our minds and senses to the point where nothing really surprises us anymore.  There’s so much animation and special effects that we come to expect the unexpected.

That isn’t the case when you see a performance on the theatre stage. Your mind knows that you aren’t seeing characters on a screen. You’re actually seeing real people bringing characters to life right before your eyes.

Today I was reminded just how cool, entertaining, and yes, magical live theatrical performances can be.

My oldest daughter was dancing as a blue soldier in The Nutcracker. It was her first time doing this ballet and it was presented at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.  Which I think is one of the best stages for live performances in Iowa.

Needless to say my daughter was more than excited!  The rest of our family was excited too.  We had a whole group of Grandmas, Grandpas, an Aunt, Uncle, and niece all attending the first show.

Even though we purchased our tickets separately, in two separate transactions at different times, we end up sitting all together!  What are the odds of that happening in a theatre that holds a little more than 2,700 people. My mother would call that a “God wink”.

Once I realized we were all sitting together I had another reason to be exited besides watching my daughter on the stage.  I had a clear view of my 4 year old niece and could spy her reactions to what she was seeing.

The looks on her face are what reminded me of the magic of the theatre.  If she saw a Christmas tree double or triple in size in a movie or cartoon I doubt she’d think anything of it… but seeing it happen on a stage right in front of her made her jaw drop and her eyes light up.

To be honest, I enjoyed that part as well.  I enjoyed it all!   The dancing was amazing, the music familiar, and the scenery and lighting was great too.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience seeing The Nutcracker for the first time.

Do you have your own “theatre magic” story?  I’d love to hear it

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Are Digital Id’s A Good Thing

Iowa made tech news recently and it wasn’t for our Facebook server farms or wind energy.

It’s because the Iowa Department of Transportation is pushing to create a first of it’s kind Id app.  You can read about some of the details here and here.

I’m still trying to sort out my feelings on the issue.  At first glance I like the convenience of it.  My phone is always with me.  I can’t say the same thing about my wallet and id.

On the other side, there are security and privacy concerns.

I asked on Twitter if it was a good idea and got this response from @HolaChiqa: “It needs more refinement. It’s like any new technology, it becomes available, some issues arise, then it improves.”

Yep.  I agree… I also think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Since I’m still on the fence on this I’m curious what do you think?  Are digital id’s a good idea?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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Weekly Verse – Psalm 119:114

This week is one of the crazier ones in recent memory for our family. It’s a week filled with dance practices, dress rehearsals, and performances.

Add in basketball practices, a basketball tournament, a birthday, a kid who was home sick for a few days… and my wife and I have been running without much of a break.

If it hadn’t been for a Grandma’s help we wouldn’t have been able to make it all happen.

In the midst of such a hectic pace I knew I needed a Bible verse this week to remind me to slow down… and calm down.

I was led to Psalm 119:114 (MSG).

“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”

Certainly a good reminder!  One I needed.

What Bible verse do you turn to when life gets crazy?

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