I added this to my buried list back in 2011, when it had already been far too long. It's 2014, and I am back on stage, in Willy Wonka, and it is everything I remembered it to be and so much more.
listening to the sound of the audience chatter before the show starts
and trying to guess how full the house is. I love the energy and the
adrenaline of standing backstage before making your first entrance. I
love the feeling I get when I get a laugh on stage. I love being someone
else, someone delightfully obnoxious for just a couple of hours at a
time. I love when a tiny goof is made with so much grace and so much
ensembleriffic beauty that no one but us even knows the mistake was
made. I love quoting lines from the show in strange ways that make me
laugh. I love making friends who "get" me in a way that really no one
else does, like they understand the part of me that is the most special
part of my soul.
The only thing I don't love... is the chore of taking off stage make-up.
Nothing in the world feels better than setting your mind to something you know you want, setting out to accomplish it, pushing hard, and seeing it through.