Now that I’ve had time to process that this amazing adventure is officially over its time to close out this chapter of blogging. I’ve learned so many things from this experience. Some of the things I will carry with me are:
- Get a good dresser! If you have multiple quick changes in a show a good dresser is the key to your success. Ms Marie was AMAZING! Especially when the two of us teamed up with Sydnee to get things accomplished I was not stressing about if I could get to places on time.
- Wearing jazz shoes for 3 months will kill your feet, your back, and your ankles. They are basically walking barefoot with a small piece of leather between you and the ground and a heel that digs into your foot. So make sure to ice those ankles and wear supportive shoes when you can.
- Being silly can make even the worst day better. A good game of heads up in the green room, a funny costume or wig swap or even just a good snapchat photo session can pick up the mood among the cast.
- There is gonna be a little bit of drama but that’s ok. Sometime a diva moment will happen. Sometimes cast mates will butt heads. Sometimes you wanna throw something when you can’t find your eyelash glue. But it will all be ok. We would not be in theater business if we didn’t like a little drama.
- Be prepared! Think of every single possible thing you would need and add it to your bag. I was thankful for the many articles and pin boards I read before setting up my dressing room. I had scissors, meds, clear nail polish, extra bobby pins, q-tips and so many other things that were helpful to not just me but my friends around me.
Most importantly take the time to get to know people you are working with. These are your people. You all are there for the same reason…you love theater! Why else would you subject yourself to months of rehearsal and no social life. Its for the joy you get to see on a tiny child’s face when they meet a mermaid. Its for the 6 part harmony that can bring an audience to its feet. Its for the high fives after nailing a really hard dance. These people are there for you. They share your struggle and there is so much to learn from them. Nothing is more fun than a room full of girls ranging in ages from middle schoolers to seasoned pros all singing Whitney Houston in harmony. I love those people!
I will be starting a new theater adventure in a few weeks therefore I will be starting a new series of blogs but I do have to say how very special this has been.