Students performed seven different numbers ranging from a politically focused Nutcracker segment, to a reflection on the continuing refugee crisis set to music from Schindler’s List, to a piece that asked the audience to “see through others’ eyes” with music from Beyoncé.
“My dilemma was how to pull this all together,” said Barb, who explains that she asked students in her classes to write a response to this prompt: What are your hopes, wishes, and dreams for 2017? During the show’s final segment, the students read a few responses from their peers to the audience. A few of the selections are below.
“For the New Year, I hope to have hope for the year. I hope to not wake up and see the same things on the news and the same country that we’ve always seen, the violence, the destruction, and the injustice. I hope to make a change in someone’s life and reach my goal of doing something positive each day. I want this world to become a world I’m proud to live in, I want this world to become a place I feel comfortable raising my children in. I hope 2017 is the year I wanted 2016 to be.”
“My hope for this New Year is to not be bothered about what happened this year. Even though some things did not go my way, I want to make sure that my loved ones and I are secure and happy. This is not the time to build up hate, we need to fight some of the anger we might have with love. Dwelling on the past will just lead to suffering and will bother you every single day. For that reason, I will embrace these emotions within me and move on with life.”
“My wishes for the upcoming year follow a simple, yet highly uplifting guideline. I only hope that everyone can be as happy as possible with their lives—focusing on the positive in our world of such obvious negativity. By that, I mean that I want to help raise spirits when they’re low, advise change in degrading area of my life and others’, and overall be as happy as I can be, hoping that my genuine happiness can make someone’s day a little better. Because overall, my place in the world is small, but if I can inspire a chain of good vibes, it may just improve another’s.”