Amateurs

I went to see a performance of Cosi Fan Tutte (a Mozart opera) last night in Pasadena. It was put on by a small company, and performed in a school auditorium. There’s something about all the small imperfections of a show like that that make it all the more human for me. It’s odd, I feel like the sterility of a professional show sort of removes the human aspect. Not to say that I don’t enjoy a highly polished show or that I’m looking for a sloppy production, but rather I just mean that it’s refreshing to see the humanity in minor imperfections, be it a wavering note or slightly late cue. It gives me hope that I could some day do the same thing. (Also the show last night was very good, I don’t mean to imply that it was shoddy. I was very impressed.)

I think we miss out at times when we simply consume the highly polished tv, movies, and music that comes from professionals. Sometimes it seems to impossible to make something that good, and it can be disheartening to try. It’s hard to try to go from point A to C without ever seeing what B looks like. So thanks to all the semi-professional and amateur performers out there for giving me hope and something to aspire to.

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