Boom! Crash! Yes! A Strike! (VIDEO)
In order to create a realistic story and bring it to life, it is imperative that we research the setting of our opera . . . a bowling alley. Thanks to Bowl America in Germantown, Maryland, we were able to do just that. Half of the company had never been bowling. What we learned from the experience far exceeded our expectations. From bowling techniques to historical facts and anecdotes about the sport, we listened as Jackie and Mr. Robinson led us through the technical aspects of the game. As Jackie explained how to select the proper shoes, Nii asked, “Can old people bowl?” Without saying a word, Jackie quickly escorted us to lanes at the opposite end of the alley where a league of senior bowlers gathers weekly. Just as the company made its way to acknowledge their elders, Jim, a ninety-eight year old member of the league, bowled a strike. Everyone cheered. The kids looked on in disbelief. From that moment on, Jim became our inspiration. On his next frame, he bowled yet another strike. The other members of the league asked that we stay, for we had brought them luck. As we made our way to the lanes to try our own luck with the pins, we were inspired to give this game our all. Thank you, Jim.