Performing…What can I say. I love it. I love everything about it. I love the lights, the instruments, the performers, the music, singing. I am transported literally to another place where there are no bills, there are no problems, there is no housework, there is no, “What’s for dinner.” There are only unlimited possibilities. Hope, faith, happiness and the future.
I have seen the entertainment world up-close and personal. I have learned so much from watching in the wings. That is exactly where I want to be too. Actually, I mean in the audience. So much more peace in, “The House.”
I have been in the wings…Call times, Costume changing the performers, Applying Make-up (Ugh, on the guys) Notes, Quick changes (just shoot me), and on and on and on. Now I know why Beetlejuice won’t do 2 shows on the same day, he just won’t do it. Because backstage is not glamorous, it is stressful. So much work. And even though the performer’s won’t admit it, I know their stress level is rising. When you hear, “5 Minutes,” and you still don’t have your make up on, I know their head is exploding. Yet they still manage to get out on the stage and perform. Yes, this is why they are the professionals, and they are called actors. Because that is what they do, ACT.
My kids are in the business. One of my son’s, a professional ballet dancer, was vomiting 30 minutes before he had to be on stage for, “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet. Another time, he literally was running through cars on Congress Street in Chicago to get there by Curtain as he was the opening. I mean he was the first one in front of the King, (Romeo & Juliet/Joffrey Ballet) when the Curtain went up.
Then there are the costumes, oh the costumes. They are some actor’s treasure, and then they are some actor’s trash. Watching from,”The House,” during dress rehersal one of my son’s came out and said, “I’m not wearing the cow ears.” (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/He was Benjamin) Then another son got pulled over after he left the theater because the police officer thought it was kind of strange to see someone driving around with cow ears on at 11:30 pm. (He was Levi) I think he might have even gone to sleep with the cow ears on.
A couple of tips for pre-professional Mom helpers. Always do make-up at home, if you can. Soooo much easier. Leave costumes at the theater, if you can for the run of the show. Keep costumes all together in a garment bag if you take it home to get it cleaned. If you don’t you’ll end up buying a pair of khaki’s at ‘Joseph A. Banks’ for your 6 year old that cost $150 dollars.
I have loved it, every minute of it. The stage is huge and when your kids are a part of that, well there are no words. Just a really cool feeling. They are amazing performers, each one of them. And in this world where we have people flying planes into buildings, I thank God for the talents of these artist’s who bring such beauty into this world, and to all who entertain and bring joy…I say, “Thank you!”