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Monday, April 16, 2012

Remembering Titanic's Passengers and Crew on the 100th Anniversary of Her Sinking

Our daughter was among 80 talented high school performers who beautifully executed Titanic: The Musical. Together they remembered and breathed life into individuals long gone, who perished with the sinking of their ill-fated ship. Together they worked to make the audience care for everyone on board from the captain on the bridge to the coal stokers in the boiler room. It was a moving experience for everyone who attended and ending in a much deserved standing ovation. The set was the most complex I've ever seen in a high school production. Kudos to everyone involved and to the talented creators of the original text, songs, and music. And, of course, as a parent there is a great thrill and satisfaction to be found in watching your child excel in a field that thrills her/him.

A tribute to the power of the play was seen on the way out that evening. Three rows back from where my wife, my parents, and I sat, a large, burly man in a tee shirt and jeans was red-faced and scrubbing tears from his eyes with large, unsteady hands. It was a marvelous experience and a moving tribute to those who lost their lives and those who survived the awful events of April 15, 1912.

Rest in peace, passengers and crew of RMS Titanic. You have arrived at a far different shore from the one you intended to reach one hundred years ago. May you know peace and joy in that distant land.

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