The Happiest I’ve Been

August 16, 2012 · 21 comments

Anyone who has been involved in musical theatre knows that with the closing of a show comes post-show depression. I’m still working on getting over that.

Clearly, that’s going really well for me.

I realized recently I never actually told you guys from start to finish how I found myself back in musical theatre after 6 years of dedicating much of my life to sports.

This past Easter, I went to see a local production in the area with my parents. Coincidentally, a coworker of mine was in that show. While at this show, I saw that Rent was among the list of upcoming musicals in our area. I had an “awww, man, that would be awesome” moment, as playing the role of Mimi has forever been a dream of mine (long shot, I know. I can’t help the blonde hair and light skin). I later told my coworker how much I missed the theatre, and he encouraged me to audition for Gypsy. I feel like it was divine intervention that landed me the role of Dainty June. I was so, so thrilled.

My rehearsal schedule was busy, but I found myself looking forward to my nights at the theatre. That’s the thing about musical theatre for me — my life revolved around field hockey for so long, but I still dreaded practice. In the theatre, I want to be there all the time. Practice is fun. For the most part, I never want to leave.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I had worked on my vocals. My last voice lesson had been in 2006. I haven’t done any sort of choreographed dancing other than zumba in just as long. But I threw myself back into it, and I like to think it was all good enough. I enjoyed every single last second of it, but not just for the stage.

The friends I have made through this experience are what made the show so wonderful. I can’t put into words how much richer my life is with their company.

(and here’s my shout out to Dana, wielder of the green hat, who internet ninja-ed her way to my blog)

We got me a big T.V.!

And played very inappropriate, hysterical games of telephone pictionary.

For the record, I was not the artist behind any of these except the bottom left.

They bring out some of the best in me.

Dance moves, light-up dreads, and all.

Recognize some of those faces? My other amazing friends even traveled from near and far to come see us in the show. I was so touched. There’s just something about seeing your new and old friends enjoying time together.

And although the show is over, I see the people who have become some of my closest friends all the time.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Since taking a leap and trying something new, I am the happiest I have been since moving to Virginia Beach. I don’t know what took me so long.

And I got to smack a cow butt.

So there’s that.

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1 Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files August 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

this post is so awesome. I use to dedicate my whole life to musical theater (even to the point where I thought I was going to major in it in college) . I decided that i didn’t want to pursue it as a career so now I’m a HRIM major and i do love it but I also really miss theater. i’m sure after I graduate I will find my way back into performing some how just as you did!
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2 Holly August 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Reading this post just made me smile. I’m SO happy that YOU are SO happy…it makes ME happy! Have you had enough happy in this comment!? 😉
I’m so glad you have found your ‘thing’ again- it’s a wonderful feeling, right!?
Keep on being SO happy! 😀 Xo
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3 Julie @ sweetly balanced August 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

This looks like so much fun!! When I was younger I dreamed of being in a play, but never made the tryouts. 🙁 I’ve since found other hobbies that I’m much better at but still am always in awe whenever I watch plays. Gypsy is also one of my favorites!!

I’m sure you were amazing and I hope you find another play to be in soon!!
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4 Alysha @Shesontherun August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Those santa bikinis are so Mean Girls 🙂
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5 Emily August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

So happy for you! Your role as Dainty June looked fun! I don’t have theatrical talent, but I enjoy a good musical when they come to town. Next on my list is Dream Girls, I think!

PS- running my first EVER 5k next Saturday thanks to all of my favorite healthy- living bloggers out there! Thanks for the inspiration and helping me find the inner runner in myself! My hope is to be able to run a 10K or half marathon next spring! 🙂


6 Sarah B. August 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

How fun! How many hours a week did you have to commit to that? I can only imagine how big of a time commitment that is!
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7 Amber K August 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

That looks like so much fun! But then drama always looked that way in school, but I was in no way outgoing enough for that.
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8 Zoe at A Single Magic August 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

That is so awesome! I love those “yes” moments where you look back and feel like you love where you are.
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9 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love this!! I used to be involved in lots of musical theater productions as a kid, but it’s probably been 16 years since I’ve done any type of acting. But it was always so fun! I’m happy that you’re still finding a way to satisfy your acting bug!! 😉
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10 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) August 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I’ve been meaning to send you a private email about this matter, but now I’m commenting here, so I’ll just go with it. I think it would be really good for you to learn how to come out of your shell just a bit. Being such an introvert can’t be good for mental health.


Love seeing you acting and wish I could come see you LIVE! So glad you’re so happy!
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11 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I’m glad that you’re so happy! I was in show choir in high school, and I loved that time. It was so fun to be on stage performing with some of best friends. I was also in the musical, and that was an experience I’ll never forget too!
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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Yay! I’m so happy you are in such a good place! You’ve been through a lot this year and you deserve it! Are you auditioning for any more shows soon?
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13 Chelsea August 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’m so happy for you girl! I hope that you do another show soon 🙂 I love seeing your pictures!
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