V-Show 2019, “Warrior”
Performances: February 21-23, 7:00PM
Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Performing Arts
The Glenbrook North Variety Show is a collection of performances highlighting the talents of students connected by a central theme. This year’s theme is “Warrior.” Director Annie Jo Fischer states:
Look up the word warrior in the dictionary, and it reads “(especially in former times) a brave or experienced soldier or fighter.” The second definition stating “any of a number of standing poses in yoga in which the legs are held apart and the arms are stretched outwards.” Funny enough, I find the most connection to the word warrior by adding those definitions together. To me, a warrior has a private journey of self discovery and understanding, leading to internal strength and courage, and only when they understand themselves, can they attempt to understand everything and everyone around them. A warrior believes so passionately in themselves, their rights and beliefs, and the rights and beliefs of others that they will, even individually, courageously stand up, speak out, and “fight” for them (in an appropriate, positive outcome driven manner.) To do so takes a grounded, well informed, and educated individual. A warrior isn’t insulting, rude, or mean - instead, a warrior showcases love, bravery, and courage in all experiences and interactions, acting from a premeditated, practiced, and focused state, hoping to achieve a level of peace and understanding with all they come in contact with. That is what being a warrior is all about to me - that even in total darkness and helplessness, we still fight for light for all, from a place of love.
This year, our show will again exhibit a duel theme. On one hand, I want to see the warrior attitude you put into those things you are most interested and passionate about. Show me how you rehearse and prepare for a difficult music piece. What conditioning goes in to being a highschool level athlete? I want to see the drills and drive it takes. What have you had to sacrifice to pursue your out of school activity that you love, and how has your family, friends, and school reacted to the time and energy commitment you’ve placed in these things? Maybe you have a ridiculous appreciation for your parents and the amount of time and money they invest in you and your dream. Show me what it means to take part in it and why you continue to fight to be a part of it.
On the other hand, we have warriors living among us everyday. Those who fight for themselves and for others. Those who stand up for those who can’t. Whether it’s, just to name a few, your LGBTQ pride, the #METOO movement, BLACK LIVES MATTER, or any other number of other organizations or situations we are involved with and live with everyday. Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross, The Actors Fund - the list goes on and on. Maybe there’s a celebrity or local community member you admire and want to celebrate for their commitment to one of these organizations. Could be someone wrote a song to benefit one that you’d like to perform. Or thru a dance you want to show your support for something. Be a grand storyteller and share with me how you are a warrior or someone/something who inspires you to fight for something everyday.