So we had our one act play competition today at Galloway, and it was really fun! As far as the competition itself goes, it is hard because everyone has a different perspective. We hadn’t actually done the entire play without stopping and with everything before we preformed, but it ended up being great and the audience seemed to love it because they were laughing like crazy and afterwards people said we did really well. However, the judges thought “it wasn’t serious enough”. (The schools that got 1st and 2nd were about a camp for children with fatal diseases and Martin Luther King JR. in jail, and then the other school left besides us did the first act of a two act play about ancient mythology thrown together, so it didn’t make much sense, just to give some perspective of the other schools.)

The play was 15 Minute Hamlet, so the point was that we were clowns and it was meant to be funny and fast and discombobulated, but that wasn’t the style the judges liked. Mr. Taylor just threw the notes and scores out in the end. (We had two 60s and a 76 if you wanted to know anyway.)

Whatever though. We did great, the audience liked us, we had fun, and we made knew friends so BLAH TO JUDGING!!!!

To quote my favorite movie:


People like different things. That’s just life.

The competition isn’t about “who comes in first” it is about getting the experience of seeing a bunch of high school theater and meeting other people who love the theater as much as you do, so overall it was still great! My director is always saying how he wishes it was more about that experience, and I think school can be like this at times too. Even with DEEP (the design thinking process we use), lately it seems that the typical student population is more focused on the steps rather than the experiences you get from the steps. This could be a false assumption, but I make it because I haven’t heard of many students talking with professionals, or going on trips to learn more about what they are passionate about, or talking to people to develop empathy for an actual user. When I do these things I talk about them a ton, so it seems logical that others would too, and if they aren’t, why not? (But that is slightly a different topic.)

At COI last year we talked about global competitiveness and how competition really drives collaboration as well. With COI this year this idea came up again when we talked about how a creative thinker needs to be okay with letting go of ideas and not claiming them as their own. If you have an idea, sure it might be good, but once a few other people brainstorming more and collaborating with you on the idea, it can grow to be fantastic! It is also important to find people with different ideas, because if you talk to someone with the same ideas as you, you likely won’t think of anything new. The really great ideas come from connections between two seemingly different ideas.

This is why I believe competition should be about the experience over the “who wins”, because even if you don’t win, you will still take away something from the engagement with other people with different ideas on similar topics.


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