Oops, I did it again.

Is it seriously August already? I feel like I should have known this was coming. That should be an indicator to you, though, about how busy things have been. Just…If I say that things are about to calm down in my life, assume I have no idea what I’m talking about and everything is about to burst into chaos.

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Still, I can say (with a mixture of relief and sadness) that Oliver! is over. All of my grand plans for keeping good record of my time with the show went right out the window when I realized how much of a lead role I was in for. Someone mentioned to me after seeing the show that it should have been named Nancy! because my character was the only one allowed any real development. It was exhausting to have such wide emotional swings each night, but I look back fondly on the entire experience. The friends I made, the friendships I strengthened, the stories I collected. It was incredible and I am so very happy to have bravely taken this scary route.

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And yet, I did it again. I’m not going to go into all of the details, but suffice it to say that I accidentally auditioned for the next show at the theater, Footloose. I mean it; it was an accident. Afterwards, though, Kyle and I agreed that we’d help with the show, but it had to be small roles. SMALL ROLES!!! And then the cast list announcement came out overnight. Kyle and I were cast as Reverend Shaw and Vi Moore. You know…the antagonist lead and his wife. Oy.

I’m over the moon that the director felt I was worthy of another lead role. The flattery of it, plus the want to help out Theatre 8:15 both have me very, very tempted. But if I step away from the excitement for a second and take stock of what’s going on here for the next two months, I really, really need to be home as much as possible. It’s going to break my heart to do so, but I’m 75% sure I’m going to turn down the role with extreme gratitude for the offer. I just can’t responsibly take this time away from home right now.

Plus, Stark Stage begins again in a few weeks. I promised Robert I’d be around to help out using my clerical superpowers and to help keep the link between the club and the theater intact. We’ve discussed doing a small show on campus in October as a fundraiser, plus our community service project mid-September, and that’s going to take a lot of organizational energy right out of the gate. The club’s president, Autumn, is fantastic, but there’s only so much she can do on her own, and not enough time to elect and train new officers to help her. So, I’m needed.

In my last little bit of news, I’d like to introduce everyone to my new car, Bad Kitty!

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There’s a pretty cool story about how I suddenly came to own my dream car, but the important lesson is that you have to always be ready to go after what you want. Sometimes opportunity comes at you when you least expect it (like when you’re minding your own business, drinking your morning coffee) and you have to be ready to jump on it. A few months ago, it was a part in a musical. Yesterday, it was a black Camaro. I have no idea what tomorrow holds for me, but I know I’m going to be ready to go with it.

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