Last May I auditioned for a musical at a community theater about 30 minutes south of us. And that was the beginning of the rest of my life.
A couple of weeks ago I auditioned for what will be my 5th production with this theater.
Theater or the performing arts in general, was a huge portion of the first 22 years of my life. I was in a near seamless stream of plays, musicals, vocal competitions and choral ensembles. And then I got married and that part of me...shriveled up and died. As the years went on, performing was s9metging discussed as a trivial moment of my past.
"I have a degree in vocal performance." Seemed like a meaningless conversation topic when I found myself surrounded by young moms at the playground. Performing was a blip of my past.
Until last year.
I have a group of theater friends now. True lovers of the performing arts. If I want to randomly break out into song, my new circle of friends wouldn't raise an eyebrow. Shoot, they'd probably join in.
My joyeux de vivre has returned.
It's hard to relay to non-theater friends (yes, my life is now theater friends and non-theater friends- ok, church friends too), the feeling I get when I am on stage during rehearsal or performance. I'm an actress, I'm a singer, I am a performer. I'm good at It! No, scratch that, I'm DAMN GREAT at it! And I get constant praise and recognition for my hard work in the theater.
(No one is sitting over here saying, "fantastic job washing those dirty towels!")
My life has transformed (positivly)over the past year, and I attribute those life changes to my theater involvement.
I am a real adult at the theater. I am a real person now.