Monday, October 28, 2013

REAL TALK: TRANSITIONS


There is something about transitions that makes me a little sad. The idea of something you enjoy or have worked hard to complete ending creates a kind of finality that doesn't sit well with me. It's funny though, because even those things that are stressful to start make me feel this way when they end. 

For the past month and a half, I've been working on and performing in a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. This little show started out as a major source of stress for me. Involving 10 seasoned performers in the area, our rehearsals were a little lackadaisical at first. We each had two or three solos and then two group numbers. We thought it would be super easy to learn however, those group numbers each had six-part harmonies. Yikes. 







By the time we got to opening night, I was scared out of my mind. I had only heard my songs with the orchestra twice and I was terrified I was going to forget the words. I wouldn't even let Josh come to opening - I was that nervous. 

But during the run of our performances, something magical happened (it almost always does in a show) and we hit our stride. I became more confident in my numbers and worried less back stage. The cast started to bond and I learned about the new friends with whom I was working. Most importantly, I remembered what a gift it is to sing, to be a part of a show and have the blessing of being able to perform and do what I love. 





The show closed on Sunday and after all the initial stress, I am very proud of how it turned out. I can only hope that I am able to sing with these talented people again soon.  

8 comments

  1. You are so cute. :) Congratulations on your show!!

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  2. Congrats on your show! It's always those times when it is scary and stressful that make it all worth it, right?

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  3. i know what you're talking about. such a sweet misery. when you work with people for certain amount of time, wake up together and basically, live the time together, suddenly everyone's a family. but suddenly, things come to an end as well.


    congrats on your show!!!

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  4. That's awesome, and these pics are such fun! Though I can't sing even a bit, I was very active in theater as a teen and young adult . . . and I definitely miss being on stage sometimes. You're right: even when things seem scattered and haphazard in rehearsals, some magic takes over when the audience appears and things come together! I never forgot a word of my lines in all my years of performing (though that wasn't true in auditions!).

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  5. HAHA yes. I feel like sometimes the more worried I am about how it will turn out the better it is!

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  6. Exactly Niken! It's such a weird thing to be spending so much time with a group of people and then have it end.


    But when one beautiful thing ends, a new one can start. I try to remind myself of that as often as I can.

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  7. Meg there are a ton of acting opportunities in the D.C.-area if you ever want to get back on stage. :)

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