Submitted by Orcas Center.
Just before 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4-5, there will be a flurry of activity behind the thick red velvet curtain on Center Stage at Orcas Center. Children will be tuning their instruments, doing last-minute rehearsals of choreography, warming their vocal cords, and calming their nerves. Many hours of practice go into the performances during “Whale of a Show,” the island’s celebration of youth talent on Orcas.
“Backstage can be quite interesting,” muses organizer Didier Gincig. “We honor the children’s emotions and discuss what they’re feeling – especially around apprehension and excitement. It’s been a wonderful process to see the transformation over the years. How a nervous child just a few years ago, now takes the role of mentor to those experiencing their first time on stage.”
Come and experience the next generation of performers at “Whale of a Show” running Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct 5 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $15, $25, and $47 at www.orcascenter.org.
The study of art, music, dance, and theatre benefits children in many ways including enhancing socialization, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, while encouraging creativity, individualism, and teamwork. Art, no matter the form, gives children an outlet for self-expression as they are finding their way in the world. Public performances of that art encourage pushing through fears while being wholly supported by their community. At the surface, talent shows like Whale of a Show are a fun family night for all, but the benefits of practice and performance stay with children for years to come.
Gincig has been coordinating “Whale of a Show” for nearly 15 years, first emceeing with his daughter Emilie back in the early 2000s, and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
“We’re keeping the tradition going and enjoy providing this fun opportunity for children to be authentic about their self-expression. They can have fun in a supportive environment and transform their nervous feelings into triumphant joy,” he said.