There are days when I just marvel at my life. Today is one of those days. I just finished Cinderella. It was an interesting experience. I haven't worked with high school students before. There have been shows where I've had one or two, but never an entire cast of teenagers. It was a lot of fun. It's different from middle school in many ways, but just as enjoyable. It's fun to work with creative young adults. They have some really great ideas! I was also impressed by the drive and positive energy that they brought to every rehearsal and performance. Amazing group of kids.
The end of a show is always bittersweet. It's nice to have time to rest. It's nice to get back into a normal routine. Still, I am bummed that I won't be seeing this group of kids every day. The last couple weeks have been a lot of fun (minus the week-long sickness). The best part of any show is the build-up to opening night and the performance itself. I love the feeling of unity at the end of a show. The cast, crew, and directors are all working as one perfectly (hopefully) functioning machine. You know the moment something happens (which is always does) that everyone is having the same collective thought. Then they come together to press on. It's incredible.
Now, it's on to the next show(s). I have managed to line up consistent directing jobs until next summer. Not this summer. The summer of 2016. I hadn't really stopped to think about it until last night. That is absolutely amazing to me. When I was in college, I wondered how I would ever make a living doing theatre. When my husband and I decided to stay in VT, that concern grew. I thought that I had to accept that I would only do it as a hobby, if at all. Somehow, I've been able to work fairly consistently for the last eight years. Incredible.
So, today I am looking at how amazing my life is and how grateful I am to work with so many talented artists. I'm excited about my future as a theatre person.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.