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My son set sail on a voyage…

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 1, 2012 | Categories: Opinion, Random Thoughts and Conversations
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A voyage he will never forget!

Cody is finishing up his last two performances of “Treasure Island” today at Children’s Theatre of Knoxville. It’s bittersweet. He has worked so hard on his role of Jim Hawkins. He spent the entire last 3 weeks of his summer vacation memorizing lines, blocking, characterization, and all the things that bringing a play to life entails.

He loves his cast mates. What can I say about “theater” kids?… they are a unique and incredibly creative and smart group. And funny. Oh. So. Funny. Most importantly, protective of each other. They look after each other in a way I’ve never seen in any other groups of kids.

So Cody will miss this play. He will miss the camaraderie. He will miss being Jim Hawkins.

Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver

I am so proud of you Cody, and how you made this character your own. I could watch you on stage in “Treasure Island” every night for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.

Although we say goodbye to “Treasure Island”, I’m certain we will see these fantastic kids in many more adventures.

Certain we will.


47 Responses to My son set sail on a voyage…

  1. Treasure island to this day is one of my favorite books!

  2. Stefani says:

    That is great that Cody was part of this play!

  3. Sheri says:

    What a great summer activity! It sounds like he had a wonderful time.

  4. adrienne warren says:

    huggs and congratulations to your son.
    I had a friend who once went out for the part of Mrs. Minchin in Annie. She didnt get the part, her dog however, got the part of sandy. Boy I tell ya he got such a kick out of being a stage hound. and was right depressed when the play ended.

  5. WOW!!!! HOw wonderful you certainly have a special boy there

  6. Meg Tucker says:

    I am proud FOR you Donna!! I agree with you all the way…Theatre kid’s are in a league of they’re own!!! Always good for a laugh! 🙂

  7. Aww — I would be SO proud!!!!

  8. Stefanie says:

    You must be very proud!!

  9. Something he will remember forever! I loved the time i spent in theater!

  10. Congrats Cody and to many, many more!

  11. Lolo says:

    That is so awesome! Congrats Cody!

  12. debra says:

    Congrats Cody!

  13. Congratulations. You are so right about theatre folk. I am still friends with the people I did plays with back when I was just a little older than Cody and dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  14. It’s not only a wonderful creative experience, but acting skills will help him in his adult life (business) even if he doesn’t pursue it as a career.

  15. Jennifer says:

    My husband was a theater kid. He misses it now

  16. Billie says:

    How fun! I’m sure he’s forging lifelong bonds. I’ve pleaded with Jake to join a club, any club, including theater, but he’s just not having it.

  17. Leilani says:

    Congrats to your son! And you must be one proud mama.

  18. Colleen says:

    You must be so proud how amazing for the both of you. I can imagine how tough it will be when it is over, it is hard to break away from a group when you are so close like that.

  19. So cool! i guess he’s caught the acting bug. =)

  20. Theresa says:

    What a special son you have!!

  21. Ah, he’ll remember this summer for a lifetime!

  22. This is so wonderful that he was able to be a part of that. So very, very cool. I’m sure he’ll a part of productions in the future too, right?

  23. He will always rememeber this! How cool!

  24. Jenn says:

    I would be so proud too! What a memorable experience for him.

  25. Penelope says:

    I’d be proud too, way to go!

  26. natalia ellin says:

    omg that is so awesome congrats!

  27. Megan says:

    That is awesome – you must be so proud! I’m sure this will be the first of many roles he enjoys – but what a great one to start with! 🙂

  28. How fun for him! I used to love acting in high school and college. I wish I had followed up with it. I hope he gets lots of opportunities to act 🙂 Good luck to him!

  29. Sarah L says:

    I had the best summer growing up when my sister and I worked on a community production of My Fair Lady.

  30. Kelly says:

    What an amazing accomplishment for your son. I can’t imagine how proud you are of him. I’m sure that he will be in more plays in the future 😛

  31. Tammy says:

    That’s awesome!

  32. Wow, talk about an amazing summer!! I bet he will want to do this every summer now!