Wow, it’s April all ready!
It seems like once we pass Valentine’s day time moves a lot faster.
Today, I noticed graduation cards at my local pharmacy. I always forget graduation is in mid-May.
The high school students in my college classes are quick to share the number of classes they have before they are finished. Funny, the other students don’t want to know how much time is left in the semester–they are panicked about finishing all their assignments in time.
Each year near graudation, people ask me for suggestions of a good gift for a theatre lover.
Here are a few suggestions for you:
1. Tickets to a Broadway play, musical or to attend a touring company production of the graduate’s favorite show. Most of our students are on tight budgets and having free tickets to see a show would be heaven for them.
2. DVD’s of plays or musicals
3. A year long membership to BroadwayHD.com. Do you know of this company? They are gaining popularity with their Netflix-like approach to Broadway plays and musicals. These are live performance which have been video recorded by professionals. They are awesome!
4. A biography on your graduate’s favorite actor or actress. Just about every actor and actress a student would be familiar with will have a biography.
5. Find out your graduate’s taste in stage makeup and purchase some for them in their particular shades or colors.
6. Make up a basket, a “care package” for the graduate to use the next next time she is in a show. Fill it with things like cough drops, deodorant, makeup wipes, a box of tissues, hard candy, throat spray, bandaids, a can of hairspray, a water bottle, a trade magazine (like Stagelight magazine https://www.stagelightmagazine.com) a pen and journal, etc.
7. Have a tee shirt quilt made. You can find companies who will create it for you by checking on line. Most theatre kids have scads of show tee shirts. I had a friend of mine make a quilt for my daughter. She LOVED it! She dragged it off to college and it finally wore about five years ago (she’s twenty-nine.)
8. A gift card to a particular dance supply company if your graduate is a dancer or Sheetmusic.com so they can purchase sheet music for auditions.
9. A glitzy picture frame is fun. Obviously, theatre geeks have lots of photos.
10. Just a plain old VISA gift card is nice, too!
One of my favorite high school graduation gifts was an umbrella. It was a great gift. It never occurred to me I would be walking to class in the rain. Ha! (naive me) I can’t even tell you how many times that wonderful umbrella came into use. I think I wore it out!
Do you have favorite graduation gift memories? I’d love to hear them. Contact me here or at dhcbaldwin@gmail. com or DeborahBaldwin.net