I just had to post out in the world. My theatre students and I just finished a fantastic production of Hamlet on Saturday night. Everything went really well, despite the many issues that happened all the weeks leading up to the performance. Our theatre is very large, it seat 750 people. After weeks of publicity, newspaper ads, announcements in local papers and on local tv shows, over 4 nights, we only had about 200 people. And not a single administrator (even with personal invites and free tickets). And, half the kids parents didn't show up. It breaks my heart to see kids who have worked for 6 weeks on a production to come out and the end of a show and have no one there to congratulate them, besides me. It also breaks my heart that no one really knows how great my students actually are. I receive compliments all the time about the quality of my productions, (and not from parents or people who know me), but from other theatre professionals who are in the area who do try to attend local shows. It saddens me that so many parents cannot be bothered to come support their kids, and that administrators cannot come out to support their students, and that the community can not see what is so great about teh school, not what is bad. I spent some time talking to a few of my techies on Saturday night, and it just reminded me of the fact that when high school is over, no one remembers the tests, or their classes. They remember the late night rehearsals for the play, or the last minute win at the football game, or the crazy kid in the lunch room. But it seems that those in power forget all about that. In the end, the tests really don't matter.