Post 9: Showcase and First Preview of Bandstand

And just like that, it is over. I still can not believe I showcased with my beautiful class. It is so strange to me because I was anticipating showcase day since before I even came to Otterbein. Then, all of a sudden, we completed our three shows and we were done. I thought I was going to be very sad when it was over. With it being the last time our class performed together, I thought everyone was going to be emotional wrecks. However, that was not the case; there was such a positive, luminous energy when we completed our final show. Everyone left it all on the stage with no apologies. We were undoubtedly ourselves in every performance we gave and we had so much energy to share with the audience. And I could not be more proud. Some things came of showcase but I will write another blog in the future if any of these things come to fruition. However, as of right now I just want to thank the families of the class of 2017, the faculty, the alums, and of course my class. I do not know where I would be without each and every one of you. I will hold all 12 of you in my heart forever and I am so proud to call you my family. 

Last night was one of the most magical nights I've had in NYC by far. Previews for Bandstand started last night and it was virtually sold out. Since I've seen the show so many times, I did not think I would get the butterfly feeling seeing it with an audience. However, I was very wrong.  I was beaming the entire time.  The audience adored every moment of it and the cast was eating it up.  My heart was racing and I was shaking from excitement. I have not had this reaction to a show in a very long time, It was giddiness. It reminded me how much I love being on the other side of productions. While I did not have a huge hand in this production, watching the audience go on the journey we all created was thrilling and I felt so proud. I also got to go the the preview party at Sardi's which was also incredibly surreal. So many wonderful theater professionals were there and they were more than happy to talk with me, even though I was just an intern. Everyone has been so thoughtful and kind to me throughout this process and I feel so blessed. The cast even made me a video the day of showcase congratulating the class of 2017. 

About 3 more weeks of internship and then I return to Westerville to graduate. I cannot believe how fast these few months have gone. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for the future.