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Live performances have been a part of human culture for thousands of years. From ancient Greek theater to modern-day Broadway shows, the art of live performance has been a constant source of entertainment, magic, and inspiration.

At the Concrete Theatre, live performances have been popular but challenging. They take time, energy, volunteers, funding, and dedication. This all came together with The Tale of the Black Ruby, a children’s opera written and directed by Gretchen Hewitt and performed by Concrete Elementary School students on January 28, 2024. (Photo)

 Live events like this are magical and important. Here’s why:

The Magic of Emotional Connection

One of the best things about live performances is the emotional connection between the performers and the audience. When you watch a live show, you feel part of something special. The energy in the room is electric, and you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

The Live Experience

The Magic of Community

Attending a live performance is not just about watching a show; it’s about being part of a community. You share the experience with others who have come together to enjoy the same thing. It’s a chance to connect with others and make new friends.

The Artistic Value

Live performances and theatrical events are a form of art. They showcase the creativity and talent of performers, writers, directors, and designers. They challenge our perceptions and push boundaries, making us think and feel differently.

In a world where so much of our entertainment is consumed through screens and headphones, live performances and theatrical events offer a refreshing change of pace. They remind us of the power of human connection and the magic of live art.

 And speaking of magic, if you were lucky enough to be here when the children’s opera was performed live, you may (or may not!) have noticed something quite unusual.

First, the opera itself was fantastic, written and directed by the talented Gretchen Hewitt. Second, the children were brilliant – singing, acting, and completely wowing the standing-room-only audience.

 And there was a small, almost imperceptible moment of magic you may not have caught. During the Q&A at the end of the performance, an audience member asked about the tree, a hand-crafted prop fashioned from construction paper and tape. And at that exact moment, a tree branch waved to all of us. Really.

 If you signed up to receive the videotape* of the performance, you can see the magic we’re talking about. We’ll leave it up to you, but we think you’ll agree the only explanation is that the whole afternoon was magical.

So, the next time you can attend a live performance, we hope you’ll seize the opportunity and soak up the experience. Watch for another performance coming soon.

* The Tale of the Black Ruby, performed on January 28, 2024 at the Concrete Theatre. A video of this performance is available from Puget Sound Video. You can download it for free, but donations are welcome. Order the video at the link below, and you’ll receive an email with the download link.