Tonight was my first concert as the choral department accompanist at Fort Dodge Senior High. It was a privilege to work with friends and colleagues and their students! It has become a tradition to announce the Spring musical – which I work with as well – at this concert each year. This year we are doing a personal favorite: Fiddler on the Roof! I had the unbelievable chance to play Golde in college which was on my personal “bucket list” of roles I’d love to play. To say I cherish those memories is an understatement!
Since the announcement was made, I’ve spent chunks of time here and there thinking back to my college shows and those I shared the stage/backstage with. I had numerous chances to perform, student direct, music direct, and stage manage in college and it was really there that my love of theater had a chance to blossom.
So as I look forward to revisiting a show that is a personal favorite of mine – this time as a director and not a performer – I am reminded of those college friends who left a little piece of themselves with me by sharing a show experience with me. Or letting me share it with them! Much of who I am as a performer/director was shaped by those experiences and I am forever grateful.
If you are reading this and are someone I shared the college stage (or backstage) with, thank you. You are a part of a very important legacy in my life and I am eternally grateful for what I learned through working with you!