So much talent graced the stage of the auditorium last night at Walt Whitman High School that it is hard to believe that the place was just less than half-full.
Admittedly, it was opening night of the triple performance and it was Thursday, but the taste that these young people left on the palates of the appreciating patrons should have been seen and heard and enjoyed by more …
Nevertheless, those of us who attended and saw and heard, left the auditorium knowing more, valuing more and, most certainly, appreciating more of the transcendence of ideas. For, indeed, we are still wrestling with the plight of unforgiveness, the wretchedness of shattered dreams, the confusion over whose side God is on, the complexities of a fragmented society and the troubled juggling between what to hold on to and what to let go. “The ancients stole all our ideas,” said Mark Twain and on Thursday night, Walt Whitman High School riveted that reality into our souls with a performance Christopher Gerken directed with his “amazing students”.
Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus was interpreted with a remarkable skill by young people who appeared born for the roles they played. A pit orchestra and technical crew supplied the quality delivery with accomplished accompaniment and sublime enhancement.
Undoubtedly, the power of the first person narrative shone through under the blossoming brilliance of the young Noah Gavil and everyone sensed that Sammy Zeisel was correctly spelled, Mozart.
My Swedish students agreed, hard work produces powerful performances and Walt Whitman showcased an inspiring tribute to that ethic.