by Susie Gidseg, Managing Director, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble
It is the night before the first performance of the season, and the Changing Lives teachers are scared. They stay up late wondering, worrying. Will everyone arrive on time? Will we make it through the metal detectors? Did everyone remember to bring their scripts? I bet you never thought your instructors worried over the little things!
There is something about the night before a big performance that makes everyone a little nervous- everyone has butterflies in their stomach, runs lines over and over in their head, gets up a little bit early to make sure they make it on time.
Backstage before the big performance, the nerves are still present. All of us jump around, get energy in our bodies, run lines through our brains one more time. Then- the performance happens. It goes exactly as it should, because this is theatre, and it always somehow happens exactly as it should. The nerves are gone now. The season starts off with a bang, and both the students and instructors sleep well that night- all crisis’s averted.
There are a lot of things that can be scary about running a youth theatre ensemble, but the dedication of the students, the importance of the material, and the comments from the audience make those nerves worth while. We were very excited to kickoff our season with the trailer of our upcoming show this past Monday and Tuesday at the “No Place for Hate” conference, and can’t wait for more performances, even if they come with butterflies.