This year more than last year I put this production in the hands of the kids. From music to stage managing to acting it was all from their directions and a product of their desires to put on a good production. I merely coordinated them, kept them on track, was an objective eye when they needed it, and tied up any loose ends that needed taken care of. Even discipline problems were at a minimum and they were pretty good at policing themselves and each other.
When one of them would ask me "should I..." in relation to the acting or narrating, my answer was "Whatever you want to do," as long as I knew it didn't affect anyone else. We had three absentees last night and they were able to pull together and fill in for the absent kids. We even had a last minute narrator pull out because she was ill and her co-narrator covered her parts.
It was all pretty awesome and inspiring. It's moments like those that makes me feel I should be around large groups of children more often.... no probably not, once a year coordinating 30 kids is enough for me; and my family too, they've got to listen to me.