Note: Misspellings are intentional to keep from popping up on Google and other Internet searches. I'm really not this stupid...most of the time.
This weekend was one of disappointment and disillusion for me. All because sometimes, life just isn't fair. Sometimes, just because life isn't fair, things don't turn out the way they should. I'm often overhead quoting the Lion King to my children.
"Life's not fair Simba."
Fuck you Scar.
Why, you may ask, are you on a tear about life not being fair Sherry? Well thank you for asking, I'll be happy to tell you.
So my singing son tried out for and won a spot in our local Italiann Festival's version of Americann Idol, aptly named...Italiann Idol. It's not a big deal, we live in a fairly small town but exciting none the less. The competition consisted of instrument players, singers and dancers. Brian was, by far, the best singer. (A lot of people said that without me even prompting them! I swear!) But did he win? Nope. Didn't even place.
I wouldn't have minded except that after the competition I find out that all of the winners belonged to families that are part of the "in" crowd at the church (who hosted the event). Apparently the kid who won, always wins and acts like it. So my boy got cheated out of $200 because I'm lapsed Catholic who wouldn't be all caught up in something like this anyway. If there's one thing I avoid at all costs, it's playing politics. I have to do it a lot at work, I sure as hell don't want to do it in my personal life too. But I'm not bitter mind you...
Then, we headed to the Blumeey's. The Blumeey's are part of a national organization that recognizes excellence in high school theatre. Thirty-two schools participated this year, from the Charlotte area, of which our group was one. We didn't get one nomination...not one. We were disappointed because our kids worked so hard on our production of Beauty and the Beast (including a stellar performance by a rising young star who you can hear here) but we just figured other schools were better.
Until last night. You see, another school not only got nominated for best overall performance for the same production (using the same costumes we rented for our production) but their male lead was nominated for best actor. We were all very excited to see this performance since we knew it must have been better than ours right?
Each school nominated for best overall performance performed one ensemble number from their show. This school chose the "Be Our Guest" number. It was no where near as good as our's was. We were all speechless. Then the young man nominated as best actor in the show sang. Same result.
How do I know they were bad? Because the other schools WE SO FREAKING GOOD! Even if we had gotten the nomination, there's no way we would have won because the kids and school that won deserved to win. These kids are so talented their performances brought good tears to your eyes. But the school nominated for their rendition of Beauty and the Beast...well...how to say this delicately...well they just weren't as good as we were!
Setting aside the fact that most of the schools nominated for anything were either from the wealthier areas of Charlotte or were from pricey private schools (we're a public school), I was still left scratching my head. How in the name of God did this school get nominated over us? Was I missing something? Again, all of our kids and parents and teachers were rendered speechless (which, for a group of actors, singers and dancers is really saying something).
Then, after the awards were complete and we were milling around in the lobby, the drama teacher said, "You know, I knew we weren't part of the "in" crowd at the meetings for these things but I never thought it would impact the nomination and award process."
Politics strike again.
But I'm not bitter.
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