What an experience, my friends. People asked me "how was it?", and I just couldn't explain it. It was like when I gave birth to Baby 16. It is one of those things that can't be compared to any other. The amazement of finally fulfilling a dream of a lifetime, of having people like what you have performed for them: I don't have vocabulary for that kind of awesomeness.
The run down of all the great things I learned that I can apply to work on a production team:
- The dance ensemble are already busting their asses. Try to keep any changes you have for their hair and makeup to NONE. One style for the whole show, if you please.
- Actors really do want to help bring your ideas to life. All they ask is that they can be comfortable. Try to make hair and makeup designs as quick and easy as possible.
- Quick changes are a bitch.
- The script gives you a tonne of information. USE IT!
- Go to some rehearsals, so you get a good idea of what the actors will have to do.
The run down of the emotional growth:
- This was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
- As much as I love to sing, I had an intense fear of singing in front of people. NOT ANY MORE!!
- I really enjoy acting! It is very liberating!
I guess I'm still processing it all. The friendships and commitment to a common goal, being surrounded by people who teach you new things about others and about yourself, the sheer joy of bringing a story and music you love to life--I don't know how to describe it in a way that feels sufficient! I'm hoping the words come to me. Until then, I guess I'll just have to enjoy waking up in the middle of the night, smiling to myself as I remember all of the great fun I had.