22345115_1499635590103369_243074351_oLast night did not go as expected AT ALL.

I wrote ‘ACTION!’ five years ago – and boy were things different five years ago…

I had just acted in my first play. Something I never had any ambition to do. My family graciously watched my boys so I could spend endless hours pouring myself into learning what theatre was really all about. I then immediately wrote ACTION! with my dream cast first and foremost in mind, hoping to first produce the play at the theatre in the park. I had just started a children’s theatre camp hoping my sons would finally find a place to ‘belong’. Jett quickly let me know that the theatre just wasn’t for him…

Well, fast-forward five years and things have most certainly changed.

ACTION! opened to an almost full house, in MY house! I live in my very own theatre! Who, in a million lifetimes ever gets to say that???

I was privileged enough to share a stage with some peeps I would have never expected… Most of them weren’t even in high school five years ago! Most I can’t imagine ever having lived my life without. Some I believe I never will… Most of my original ‘dream cast’ showed up to support my crazy little dream.

My friends, old and new, helped watch my boys who were front and center for the entire performance. Dane hooted and hollered so hard that the audience basically bought tickets to watch two shows! Jett, who apologetically swore he had no interest in theatre all those years ago, spent the entire performance in the tech booth ‘learning the ropes’. During intermission I changed Dane’s diaper on the purple pew in the ‘green room’ and listened to his advice on how to proceed with the rest of the play.

In the midst of what should have been one of the most nerve-racking, stress filled, anxious nights of my life I was completely calm and at peace. We dropped lines and fumbled through a few ‘bits’ but we stood together solidly and with conviction knowing we did more than put on a show.

We built a theatre, unbreakable friendships and a bond with my boys that I simply can’t explain…

When it was over my boys jumped up on stage for the cast picture. (OK-Dane had a little help!) and oddly, Dane was crying. Someone asked why. He answered, “Because you guys did so good.”

Take chances. Trust people. Push yourself. Shed a few tears…

As Dane would simply say, ‘do good’.