Wednesday, May 01st - Happy May! Today I finally added my Hispanic emphasis to my Global Communications major (which is something I should have done about five weeks ago, but luckily this is one of those times that “better late than never” is true). While I was filling out the paperwork, I looked down at my backpack to discover a little ladybug that had hitched a ride to the CommLang department. I’ve heard ladybugs are a symbol of good luck, and here’s hoping this is a sign of good things to come in the next month.
Thursday, May 02nd - Rehearsals for AWIT are still very much underway, and now that I’ve finally managed to get a handle on all the lines, they’re less of a point of stress for me. I was talking to a friend recently about how it seems as though the things I love most (Advanced Acting, A Wrinkle in Time, etc.) have become the biggest stressers in my life this quarter, and he said it’s probably because I care about them the most. Thinking about it in that way has helped me put a lot into perspective, hence making rehearsals a more freeing time. Our invited dress rehearsal is only a week away, and while I’m super excited to see the many family and friends that are coming, and I’m thrilled to share this story with everyone, the pressure is definitely on. Still, I have found beauty in an empty blackbox. No matter how busy, this space is still so meditative for me.
Sunday, May 05th - Today was the first day of tech week!! Even though I’m sad this experience is almost over, seeing the show come together is so much fun. I spent all weekend working on homework for this week so I wouldn’t be too stressed out, and even though I felt myself begin to slip into dangerous levels of overdrive, rehearsals have pulled me out of it and reminded me of why I do what I do. Today was a good day, filled with lovely people, and I’m so excited to see what the rest of this week has in store.
Wednesday, May 08th - Somehow I always manage to get sick over tech week, and this time it has hit harder than others. Last night was definitely a late one, and if tonight goes like all the others this week, I won’t get to sleep until around 1:00 AM. This morning a dear friend brought me coffee as I went to my 9:00 AM class, and on the cup she wrote encouraging messages. I’ve been thinking lately about how lucky I am to have such wonderful friends. They are intelligent, creative, talented, funny, kind, beautiful, and up lifting. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m so thankful that I did.
Thursday, May 09th - Today was the dress rehearsal for A Wrinkle in Time! This whole process has flown by, and now that we only have performances left it seems I’m in a constant state of bittersweetness. Unfortunately, my cold made it’s way to my nose and my voice, and I definitely struggled with articulation throughout. Luckily, however, I have dear friends who bring ginger tea and I have cold medicine that I’m not allergic to. Now to sleep this off as much as possible before our first official show on Saturday!
Saturday, May 11th - Tonight was opening night!! I cannot possibly say enough good things about how it went. There were people I love onstage with me and sitting in the audience. There were nerves, laughter, tears, and so much love I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m so happy this was only the beginning of performances, and I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.