I have a confession to make. Back in high school and college, I used to dance every day. I was always in my school’s spring musical, took hip hop and jazz classes, and even went to a weekly swing dance night at my church. One day, some time after graduation, I stopped. I can’t point to a reason or situation that caused me to stop. I just stopped. About 5 minutes into our first day with Ivan, our choreographer, I regretted taking such a long break from dancing. Not just because I was having fun, but because I was already getting sore and my clothes were getting heavier from soaking up so much sweat. 4 hours later, I had lost 4 lbs and found my dancing feet once again.
Some interests are worth taking up again, even if they make you sweat through multiple shirts!
THE TOP OF THE 5TH
Friday, March 2.
I get really excited when I wake up in the morning for two reasons: Hopa Tropa Kukerica and Spring Training. The only thing I love more than the performing arts is watching a baseball game, so right now I feel like a kid who gets to have his birthday party the day before Christmas!
We have 1 month to go before our show goes up in front of an audience, and it feels like I’m in the 5th inning of a baseball game. We’ve been playing for a while, but we have a ways to go yet. At any moment one of us could pick up a puppet, or start a new song, and hit a home run to put us ahead. Translation for those who are not baseball fans: I really believe that we are one inspired idea away from creating a truly special show. I can feel it as the actors warm up. We aren’t satisfied with being good, or making a good show into a great one. We want to make magic happen.
That doesn’t mean we haven’t had our struggles. Some of us have jobs or responsibilities that make it difficult to be at every rehearsal. Others have trouble remembering not to touch or adjust the puppet unless they are playing the hands. Everyone has a weakness, and sometimes that’s all we can think about at the end of the day. Sometimes, we forget that we have strengths that can lead us to discoveries that will inspire everyone.
It’s time for one of us to step up to the plate and take this game to a new level. Will it be me? I’d like that, but I don’t know. No matter what, I’ll do everything in my power to help the team.