Cross and Anchors statue in foreground with snow covered campus

December 10, 2021

Friday of the Second Week of Advent
By Dave Reynolds '00, Chairperson, King's Theatre and Arts Department

I was struck by the lines in the Gospel, “Prepare the way of the Lord” spoken by John the Baptist. This line pretty famously, at least in my circles, opens a classic song from the musical Godspell. I’m immediately drawn to think about our theatre community here at King’s - one that I’ve been a part of since I was a student back in the late 90’s. I have watched it grow and change in that time, but there has been a constant for me over the past 25 years, and that is the power of the ensemble. This concept applies anywhere, not just the theatre.

There are few things more beautiful to me than a group of like-minded individuals coming together to share their time and talents to create something that wasn’t there before. A quote that I often share with casts that I have directed comes from Amy Poehler, “Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

Sometimes, the clearest way to find yourself is to look through the eyes of the community, to let yourself become part of something bigger than just you. The ensemble makes music that one individual never could.

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