So often, lately.. I have sat down to my computer to write.. and I simply stare at the blank page.
It’s not that I haven’t had a lot to say…
..and it’s not that I haven’t experienced enough to keep my mind racing…
…but sometimes? Sometimes even writers are too tired to write.
Spring time is Musical season in my house. As soon as the musical is chosen, my life is overtaken by set designs, character lists, auditions… and then rehearsals every day (it seems like), choreography, set build days on the weekends, painting the set, costume designs, costume runs, sewing costumes and searching for props…
.. and that doesn’t include encouraging the cast and crew to learn their lines and blocking.. and to be the best that they can be.
This year I added a full time job to my list of jobs. Even with the help of our amazing Music Director and all the parent volunteers? There were days that I worked from 8 am to 11:30 pm.
Yes.. I have been tired.
Recently someone asked me why I do it. If I get so tired? Then why keep my extra jobs?
Quite simply it is the kids.
Some of these kids come into the theatre with a lot to say.. a lot of experiences to talk about.. but they are staring at a blank page..
… not knowing how to express themselves..
I love to watch the musical come to life and to see the kids’ talent shine on our stage..
..but the MOST amazing thing?
The most amazing is watching these young people relax into themselves and learn to let themselves shine. They have the opportunity to help with building the set, working with lights, painting the set, designing costumes, organizing the backstage area.. some choose to step forward and take on a leadership role.. or help with choreography..
.. and they rarely disappoint..
Ok.. ok… there is a week (ish) that we get a little worried (alright.. a LOT worried) that we will pull it together in time.. That we will have all the costumes and the props we need. That we will learn the sequence of lines in a tough scene… or that the choreography will be fluid…
.. but there is always that moment…
…the moment my veteran performer nails a tough character role… and blows us away..
… the moment you get chills from the emotion a student pours into their solo..
… the moment you forget the kids are acting because they are so genuinely in character…
.. and (of course) the moment the quietest person on your cast says their first line on stage with confidence …
… and they EXIT that stage with another page written in their own story. They exit with more confidence than they started.. more high fives… (too many bottlecaps.. more than likely).. hopefully a new skill… and a lot of memories.
I always remember the blank pages we started the season with.
Those blank pages?? They keep me going.. the writer in me is too curious to see what will be written next.. too hopeful of what will come … too amazed to look away…
Those blank pages will keep me coming back each season.