It was my absolute pleasure to work with such a talented and polite group of young people.Watching both them, and what we as a team had created, on that stage was like watching our own children up there.... All 60 (approx) of them! I can't tell you how proud that made me feel.
This run, especially the opening night nerves I experienced, evoked strong memories of my own performing years and the friendships I'd made.
Musical Theatre does way more than it says on the tin you know and we were acutely aware that we had created not just a wonderful show, but also the bonds of friendships and long-lasting memories that will stand the test of time for these fabulous teens. We created an environment where all abilities were utilised, allowing everyone to shine and self-esteem to rocket. Team building and team spirit factored strongly and it was wonderful to see that manifest itself in so many ways. Musical Theatre is also a opportunity for non-sporting children to get involved in a group/team activity and opens new opportunities for friendships for them too. It was wonderful to work with a school that supports this long-held belief of mine.
So now the curtain has come down on this particular activity for me and I have since transformed back to my usual dizzy, busy, Jazzy-mum self! Jazzy-mum is home....
And I have my work cut out for me. You see, while we were busy 'making memories' for these fabulous teens I was remiss in my motherly duties of making memories for my own ultra-fabulous pre-teen! A fact he made me aware of on our recent St Patrick's Bank Holiday weekend (just before opening night) when he strongly objected to two particularly long days of rehearsals saying..... 'I finally get three whole days off school and I have to spend two of them at your rehearsals.... and I'm not even in the fecking thing'!!
Oh dear, I have some serious making up to do!
I thought I'd get off to a good start yesterday by allowing him to buy a new Nerf gun for his collection....with his own money of course..... I'm not that soft! Unfortunately we experienced a rather major toy malfunction, of the non-refundable kind, which ruined my good intentions. There now begins what I hope is not a very protracted battle with Hasbro..... are you listening Hasbro? Watch this space.
There is hope for my home memory-making plans though. We are currently experiencing some early, glorious Summer sunshine, March Madness if you will, here in Ireland and we begin the Easter school Holidays in two days time. I'm hopeful that this early sunshine won't desert us and remain resolute that we will have two weeks of fun-filled activities ahead of us whatever happens!
I may even do another Easter Trilogy this year and share our fun with you...