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Amanda Lamb: Play time

Posted November 6, 2011

When I heard that my daughter's middle school would perform "Antigone," the Greek tragedy originally written by Sophocles, circa 442 BC, I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical about their ability as adolescents to pull off such a complex and intense production.

I barely understood Shakespeare in middle school, so I was worried that this material would be way over their heads.

Every night as we rehearsed lines or talked about the day's play practice, I would ask my sixth grader if she truly understood the words she was saying. Her answer was always yes -- the director had explained them.

But it wasn't until the night I sat in the front row of the theater and listened to these young people recite the lines that I realized how much they truly did understand. Not only were they flawless in their delivery, but their inflection and emotion proved they knew exactly what they were saying. Suddenly, a story that I had struggled to comprehend while I was in school came to life in a way that I could never have imagined with such young actors. Even the actors with the small parts like my daughter stayed in character throughout the play, maximizing every moment on stage.

Frankly, I was awed. It made me realize that today's generation is capable of so much if we only give them an opportunity to shine and overcome challenges.

My husband was proud of our daughter as we left the theater that night. So was I. And I was also proud of the entire cast and the teachers who dared to tackle something so daring.

"Can you believe we made her?" my husband said with a smile.

My answer is the same every time I look at her spreading her wings, becoming an independent young woman...

"No, I really can't imagine how we pulled that off."

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • tmcenally Nov 8, 2011

    Wow, Amanda, you and your family sure are something. I hope you know how truly honored we all feel to have such a towering intellect such as yours to give us the daily news about murder and traffic crashes here in Metropolitan Raleigh. An author, a journalist, an award-winning mom, I mean, we all knew that, right? But thespian blood too? 'Zounds! When will this long list of accomplishments ever end? You and your family are like the Van Dorens! Look out Oxford!

  • 4.13 Nov 7, 2011

    "It made me realize that today's generation is capable of so much if we only give them an opportunity to shine and overcome challenges." Please remember this as your children grow and become even more active and involved in other activities. When you're sitting in the van waiting for one to finish practice only to zoom to the other side of town to get the next child there on time, remember what you wrote. When you have to discipline your children, remember what you wrote. What you wrote should help all of us keep things in perspective as our children develop and grow. My husband and I thank God every day for blessing us to have our three children in our family!