When I was in my O.A.C year, I was cast in one of the lead roles in the high school production of Grease. I felt like my singing, and public speaking had come a long way over the years, and I felt so humbled, and honoured to be cast in the role that would best fit my personality and skills after so many years of going through the grind in other roles to just get experience. It was a bit of a dream come true for me at the time.
I spent the weeks leading up to opening night feeling like it wasn`t really happening. I felt as though, at any second, I would be yanked from the show, and my part recast. It didn`t feel real until the show actually went on. And when it all ended, it especially felt unreal when I got a standing ovation at curtain call on closing night. I can still hear the cheers.
That was when I was eighteen. I haven`t felt that way since. I went back into the grind, without knowing what I was grinding for. There have been `roles` that I`ve played, and `reviews` would tell me that I did quite well, and though I may have earned a `standing ovation` or few, it was not the same. They weren`t `dream roles`. ...not until now.
It`s almost `showtime`, and I plan to earn that standing ovation all over again.