Well, the scientists and the rock stars seem to agree that the Energy Never Dies, so that must mean that my forward motion will continue indefinitely. Yay!
This summer was one of the craziest, busiest, longest and most enjoyable that I have experienced in a VERY long time. My lucky stars aligned late last fall when I was asked to choreograph a musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" in Summer 2011.
Happily, the director accepted me and I knew from our first meeting in February that we would get along swimmingly. What I didn't expect was for the whole cast and crew to be so wonderful to work with and to all become such great friends.
In short, we auditioned in early June and started working right away, usually with three rehearsals per week, more as we got closer to opening (August 18th).
The show only calls for four cast members, two women and two men. These four actors play something like 65 characters during the course of two hours and change costumes almost as many times. The music is incredibly complex, with all kinds of harmonies and syncopated rhythms. And it's terrifically funny!!! So after all the acting, singing and comedy, the dancing was just the icing on the cake.
And what icing! The cast members were not necessarily fabulous dancers (we cast them for their voices and comedic timing, mostly) but they really did an amazing job.
There was even a tango! (no picture available as yet) And a 'car' that was really four rolling office chairs propelled by the actors. That car got its own round of applause every night!
We ended up getting five wonderful reviews in the local press (two of them even mentioned my choreography, unusual and very sweet!). We were sold out every single night of the 12 show run, even opening night, and even for a rescheduled matinee after we had to cancel one show on account of Hurricane Irene. We made gobs of money for the Cotuit Arts Center and would have happily done another 12 shows if the space had been available.
So, in the END, I came away with lots of fabulous treasures:
1) A wonderful group of new friends
2) A renewed sense of confidence
3) Creative energy busting out all over
4) Positive vibes about life in general but especially about work -- I quit my old boring horrible job in early August so now I can concentrate more on building my coaching practice (Meanwhile, I'm still translating, plus I started waiting tables, both to cover the bills! It's a great balance now of solitary computer work and social, active, running around work! Plus I can pretty much create my own schedule. Sweet!)
5) A part-time job at the theater as House Manager, working the box office, that may very well lead to something more substantial... stay tuned on that
6) New potential clients for my coaching e-zine list!
7) A TV spot on my director's local TV show, 'Cape Conversations' to highlight my new coaching workshop, 'Move to Your Happy Place' -- filming early next month
8) The realization that we all "keep coming back" for more when it comes to relationships -- no woman is an island and neither am I. So I have decided to dismantle my walls a little bit and see what happens...
So there you have it. The energy never dies!