The other day, I was thinking about how much I miss being on stage. For as long as I can remember, I have loved being on stage. Whether I was just part of the chorus, or singing a solo, I felt “at home” standing in front of an audience.
This is strange because I’m typically a very anxious person. Before getting on and after getting off stage, I feel so sick and nervous… but while performing I feel like a different person.
I was in chorus for all four years of high school. The chorus had two major performances (in addition to regular concerts), Rick’s Café and Madrigal Dinners. Madrigal Dinners is a dinner theatre in December where we dress up in costume and sing and serve dinner. Lots of fun.
Rick’s Café was the absolute best. Every choral class performs about 4 songs from different Broadway plays and then individuals and group audition to sing songs from a show of their choice.
Here’s what I did:
Freshmen Year: Annie Get Your Gun (Group number w/ Solo: “Anything You Can Do”)
Sophomore Year: Beauty in the Beast, “One” (from A Chorus Line), “Go Go Go Joseph” (from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Junior Year: Les Miserables (“Castle on a Cloud” solo)
Senior Year: West Side Story, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”
Getting ready for the curtain to open before “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” We literally had 3 minutes (ONE SONG) to change from our opening costumes into these dresses. It was so scary, but lots of fun!!!
The opening song was “Another Op’nin’ Another Show.” The whole cast was divided into three groups each representing another part of a production (Rehearsal, stage preparation, and opening night). I was always in the “Fan Section” during the opening night segment. My friends made it a tradition to wear Fan Club shirts for one of the senior boys. During our senior year, we made them for our girl friend so as not to discriminate against our boy friends haha.
Lefty and me before a Madrigal Dinner performance senior year! I had my costume made my freshmen year… I LOVED it!!!
This is before Les Mis. I hated the costumes… Who wants to look dirty??? But I was young Cosette and sang “Castle on a Cloud.”
Our costumes for “One.” We brought out a picture of our director out at the end of the song. I was mortified to be on stage in just a leotard… I threw a fit. I wanted to wear jazz pants or something. Oh well.. In the scheme of themes, it really wasn’t a big deal.
I love everything about performing…. the excitement of finding out what songs we sing, trying to be “off book” by a certain rehearsal, memorizing the stage directions, finding costumes, realizing during the dress rehearsal that something is terribly wrong, scrambling around, hearing applause before the curtain goes up, being blinded by the light, having standing ovations, freezing for the “kodak moment” at the end… EVERYTHING.