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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.
For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.
For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.
Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.
At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.
There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.
The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.
Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.
Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.
Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.
An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.
Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.
The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.
If you don't know what "The Office" is or who Michael Scott is, you probably have a dry sense of humor. In the Hit TV series first aired on NBC, Michael Scott is the manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, PA. I will admit his jokes were very cringe-worthy and annoying in the first season, but if you kept watching you'd know he was actually hilarious and very relatable.
His character had no filter and was quite dumb in certain situations, just like how we all can be at times. It has been said if you get offended easily Michael Scott is not a character you would like or see as humorous. Also, if you love "The Office" as I do, you know that after Michael leaves the show in its seventh season it's a complete flop. They could never find someone to replace his unique character and humor. They even brought Will Ferrel in for a short amount of time and even though he is funny, it just wasn't the same.
So, although his character was hard to get used to in the beginning, by the end the fans never wanted to see him leave.
Here are just six of my favorite quotes from this very extraordinary character.
1. Season 5, Episode 13
"I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do"
We all feel a little lost sometimes. As a high school senior right now I am in a pretty good position because I know what I am going to school for and what I majoring in. But I know that isn't the same for all my friends. Some have no idea what they're going to do come spring when we graduate. Honestly, it's okay to be lost because it's normal to not have everything planned out.
2. Season 5, Episode 23
""You miss 100% of the shot you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky" -Michael Scott"
Michael Scott quoting Wayne Gretzky then quoting himself after is iconic.
3. Season 4, Episode 4
"I am running away from my responsibilities. And it feels good."
Avoiding responsibilities is a great talent of mine. Sometimes life gets rough and it's just easier to walk away from my problems than to actually deal with them. I know everybody has felt the same way before.
4. Season 1, Episode 2
"Am I a hero? I really can't say, but yes."
Okay, maybe one thing he said in season one had some humor to it. In season one Michael's character just seemed like he was trying too hard to be funny and when people do that, they aren't funny.
5. Season 4, Episode 1
"I have flaws. What are they? I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car."
Everybody has flaws! May not be the same as Michael's because he ran Meredith over, but we all still have them.
6. Season 3, Episode 16
"Good managers don't fire. They hire and inspire."
Michael Scott was nothing but ironic. Considering he doesn't fire, he never hired (When new people came it's because cooperate hired them), and he definitely never inspired the office workers. Although he was the manager, their boss, he was never taken seriously.