Creativity, the Beast, and Community Theater

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I recently returned home from the opening night of a children’s production of Beauty & the Beast at the local community theater. As you might expect from a play where most of the cast were under 12 years old, there was plenty of room for improvement.

The show was spattered with forgotten lines, missed cues, technical difficulties, and frequent moments of awkwardness.

But do you know what happened? After every musical number? After every scene change?

Every time the lights went dark and the audience applauded, my six-year-old wheeled around and, grinning wildly, exclaimed, “this is really great! I like this better than the movie!”

What was it about the play that, despite its obvious shortcomings, made it an overall success? And how does that apply to your own creative pursuits?

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