I definitely feel like I've been living in a dream land like Dorothy since April of last year. I am so thrilled that I also have a wonderful friend and Colleague that is walking this road with me. Catherine Etter is a teacher for me in The Bethany Stage Studio and she is amazing! Classes begin this week for our Spring Semester and I am so excited to see what this semester holds for all of our talented students. It's not too late to sign up for these classes.
And I am happy to announce that she will be directing our next production. I will be busy with Southern Nazarene University directing Beauty and the Beast and I don't want too much time to go by without a production from The Bethany Stage. It will be a children's opera. We would like the production to take place at the end of March and as soon as we finalize the details I will be posting audition information. So stay tuned!
(These were some of our awesome students in our December recital)
In every occupation, I am sure you will come into contact with the good and the bad. There is always a Wicked Witch and a Glinda the Good Witch. I have had both highly influence my life. I have experienced moments of such cruelty from those in power above me that it would truly shock you. I am grateful for those moments. They have shown me exactly what I do not want to be like. Let me tell you about my Glinda and why I want to be just like her. I am going to jump way ahead of my story but this needs to be told at the very beginning of this process for me. I was a 18 years old and at the beginning of my senior year when I almost died. After months of hospitalization, I was able to go back to my hometown and go to out patient physical therapy. While all my friends were going to school and planning their futures, I was living in a hopeless nightmare. I considered myself a dropout. I was only 3 credits away from graduating but I had no way of being able to attend classes physically. And then my drama teacher offered to help. She came to my house every week with assignments and encouragement. She gave me hope. We studied two stories and I wrote two reports for my English course. Can you guess what they were? Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado About Nothing. Now you know why I chose these two plays as the first two plays for The Bethany Stage. And then she asked me to be in her wedding to give me a goal. Walking down the isle as her bridesmaid. Because of her I was able to walk the line at my graduation with my original class. I didn't walk it well but, by George!! I walked it. I probably should have used my crutches. I hadn't been walking with a cane long but I wanted it so bad. I was still so unstable that the ROTC gave me a marine escort across the stage. I have only one regret. That I didn't see all my friends and my entire class of 500 rise to applaud me in a standing ovation. I only have my home video to remember that. I was way too focused on putting one foot in front of the other so as not to humiliate myself by falling flat on my face. She did this for me! This!! This is what I long to be!! I want to give this back to all my students. To all my actors. I want The Bethany Stage to be a place of goodness and hope! And love!!
And now speaking of love...let me tell you one thing of my sweet family before I go. My kids are far from perfect. I broke up a fight over a silly bag right before bedtime. I don't know who started it and it doesn't matter. But oh, the tears and screams over this bag. (I have no idea where they get all their drama. wink. wink)And then as we were putting the girls down to bed the sweetest thing happened. It was one of those moments that make you realize how incredibly worth all the difficult moments of parenting are. Our five year old was almost asleep as my husband was tucking her in when she lunged forward and grabbed his arm. After asking if she was okay, she just said "yea, I just love you so much!" I wouldn't trade one single second!
(They have had a very special relationship from the first moment)