Friday, September 23, 2011

Today's Intro to Theatre class

(This is re-posted for the convenience of my Intro to Theatre students, who had the privilege of hearing Chris speak in class today. Class, here's the post I promised you! Y'all be sure to follow the blog of his latest project, as well!)

I didn't meet Chris White until 2006.

Though our paths didn't cross before then, they seemed to be running on parallel tracks. He grew up in South Carolina; I grew up in South Carolina. He went to Furman; I went to Furman. He majored in Drama; I majored in Drama. Get the picture?

Even though the rigors of Rhett Bryson's freshman year Drama 11 class almost weeded me out of the major, I eventually did end up with a B.A. in Theatre and, several years later, found myself teaching the subject at Stone Academy. My tenure there followed that of .... guess who: Chris White.

That's how we met.

Though Chris had left Stone for a high school gig, his three children were still enrolled in the school, so I had the privilege of teaching them all in the year between leaving Lexington (UK) and starting in Athens (UGA).

Thus, the parallel lives of Chris and Kristin intersected at last.

Barely acquaintances, I was still always so impressed with the brilliance of Chris's theatrical work. Recently married to a wonderful woman I went to high school with, he continues to do all sorts of great creative stuff, not the least of which is making movies - like this one, which I love.

You will, too.

(playing opposite Chris is Harriet, the younger of his two daughters; according to Chris's wife, Emily, the whole production was a family affair. Stay tuned through the credits for proof.)

GOOD LIFE from Chris White on Vimeo.

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