I owe today's blog entry to Donna Lynne Champlin, who posted the video below on her facebook page.
"Just One Person," from the musical Snoopy, has always been so meaningful to me. Snoopy was one of the first musicals I did back in my children's theatre, when I was in the fourth grade. I was just an ensemble member, but I got to sing this beautiful finale with the rest of the cast and even learned how to "sign" it. To this day, I still remember all the sign language to it.
Then in college, Snoopy was my Senior Thesis directing project. I had an insanely talented cast...check out these people who "believed in me:"
And if you are wondering, yes, that is Broadway performer Rebecca Kupka, who played Peppermint Patty to perfection.
Like "The Body Electric," from Fame (see previous blog entry), I've found a way to make sure that every Brooklyn Children's Theatre student of mine learns this song.
It's such a simple message...you start out with one person who believes in you, and pretty soon you've raised almost $17,000 on Kickstarter and your show is having its NYC theatrical debut.
You can see why the following video is so poingant to me. So, watch, let the words settle in, admire Jim Henson's innovation and heart and Bernadette Peter's voice....do whatever you want to do with it...just enjoy.
Thanks, DLC, for unearthing this gem.