The show officially closed last Saturday. This past Monday we tore down the set... it took just over three hours. Amazing how quickly it takes to destroy something that took almost a month to build!
We received rave reviews from the superintendent and the school board members that attended. The principle was very pleased and asked, "Melanie, how do you know how to do all this stuff?" I just answered back, "Nearly six years of school." The good news is my degree is not going to waste.
My students were amazing! They learned so much in six weeks and came so far. In the beginning, there were days when it was hard not to lose hope. They pulled off a great show and we have been asked to due a traveling children's show at the end of April. My students are already bugging me about the next auditions!
And then there is Brian! The amazing, incredible, surprisingly dependable guy I get to call my husband. The weekend before the show opened I got sick. (Go figure!) I could tell it was bad, so I didn't hesitate to go to the doctor. Sure enough I had picked up strep throat from one of my pre-K students. It put me out of commission until dress rehearsal. I was forced to rely on Brian to do almost everything. Pick up costumes, finish detail work on the sets, pick up the t-shirts, the programs, head shots, you name it. Everything that the director has to finish up right before a big open. The added stress of my situation made me sicker...and did I mention I was in the process of also designing and building a set for my elementary kids?? Yep, a miniature Dr.Seuss world set! Lying in bed completely helpless and making myself sicker with the insane amount of things I had to do running through my head, I realized my hands were tied and there was nothing I could do. I made a to do list, as to stop my worrying and then let it sit on my bedside until I could get back on my feet. Much to my amazement when I was back up on my feet (the night of dress rehearsal) Brian had completed my list! He had also gone to the high school the day before and directed the rehearsal, so the kids could still rehearse without me. For those of you who know Brian, he knows nothing about theatre or acting...until now! I was shocked and amazed, he had done everything he could to keep things flowing for my kids and the show! All well taking care of his sick wife and having to sleep on the couch, due to my tossing, turing and getting up through the night! He was great! It brought our relationship to a whole knew level of depending on one another and trust! I could not have been more blessed with an amazing husband!
OK, so your probably tired of hearing the sappy stuff. The weather is finally warming up here, we actually made it to the high 50'2 last week. We have gone a whole week without a snow day! Though we are now going to school until June 6th. I am once again sick, though this time it is a mild cold. And Brian has been able to focus back on school again.
Next weekend we will be headed to sunny Orlando! We will spend a few days there, for Brian's interviews and of course DISNEY WORLD! We are going to the Pirates & Princess Party. So much fun to be had! We will post pictures when we get back! Go have a look at our pictures... there are lots of new pictures from the show, and of our set! Enjoy and let us hear from you, it has been so long, we would love to catch up with everyone!