The last “normal” rehearsal

Well tonight is the last “normal” rehearsal for Pippin…I have a feeling it’s going to be a long one. Not a big deal, though; I’m used to it.
At the risk of sounding sappy, sentimental, etc. (which really is NOT me at all–maybe deep down, but not a side I generally show to lots of people.), I need to explain some things:
First, I used to be shy. No, seriously, I was. All through grade school and into my first year and a half at DuBourg, I was shy. I felt kind of like an outcast, a “nerd”, label it what you will. Then, I found the Guild. It happened in a weird way: I auditioned because the two girls I carpooled home with were auditioning. Now, I’d been doing little grade school plays (in our school with no theatre, nonethless) since I was 10 or 11, and I was always “on stage” so to speak. It was something I wanted to do, but never had the guts to do until my friends auditioned. Well anyway, I made the show (“Gypsy”) and they didn’t–they were crushed, I lost two really good friends, it was pretty rough. BUT, the friends (FAMILY) and memories I made in the Guild the next 2 1/2 years FAR surpassed any little tiffs that happened outside.
Second, I started doing community theatre in October of 2000. I’ve worked with St. George Theatre Group, KTK, and Family Musical Theatre. (I feel like I’m writing a resume here…) I’ve made some great friends through these shows, along with some great memories, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. But something was missing. And, as “cliche” as it may sound, I think that thing was the closeness of the Guild. When Mr. Leibrecht announced this SAT, I was ecstatic–however, I had a decision to make: audition for this show, or audition for “Into the Woods” with a director I’ve been working with since my first community theatre show. Obviously, I chose this one. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it shouldn’t have been as difficult as it was. I was worried my friends I’d made in that group would maybe resent me for “branching out”, and lots of other BS excuses. But then I remembered the years, memories, talent, tears, laughter, joy, hard work, and dedication I had spent and loved in the Guild. And the decision was final. And you know what? It’s been a “long and winding road”, so to speak, but I think I’ve found it. We’ve got a really talented, awesome group–let’s do it right! Bust your buns everyone!
(*sigh* ok, so I AM kind of a sap… ;)

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.