Last night was the first performance of The Christmas Spark, a play I wrote and directed for my after school theater group. The cast is composed of students from 3rd-8th grade, and it's been a crazy rehearsal process. We had five rehearsals. Five. Most of the kids are young and new to theater. For some of them it was their first play. They did a great job, and the show went really well. I'm very proud of them. They're little professionals.
We have one more show tonight, and I know some of them will be experiencing their first post-show let down. Last night, I watched another first.
The best part of being in a show is being backstage. Hanging out and getting ready for the show. The whispered jokes backstage during the show. For many of them last night was a completely new experience. I am usually running sound or lights during a performance, but I was backstage for this one. I got to watch them from across the stage, and it reminded me of my first shows. It's so much fun, and I love being able to provide that experience for kids. It's one of the best parts of my job.
I'm looking forward to tonight's performance. This has been a very fun cast, and I am excited to have so many new and talented students. Any time I start to stress I have to stop and remember how lucky I am. I love what I do, and I am so grateful for that.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.