16 September 2011 ~ 4 Comments

The Only Thing Better Than Hairspray

Art

So it’s been over  month since we closed, but in case you somehow missed it (not sure how you missed all my abnoxious posts on Facebook), this summer I had the opportunity to perform in Hairspray at Cabrillo Stage.
It’s the first time I’ve made the time to get back onstage in that capacity in about 5 years.
So it may be a bit overdue, but not getting anything up on the blog about it is not OK!  Thus, a quick rundown of some of the highlights of being a part of the cast this year…

  1. Sharing with others.  Most people around here know me in a ministry context or something, but I’ve been singing and dancing longer than I’ve known Jesus.  It was fun to share that part of me with some peeps.

  2. Curtain call.  OK, seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a musical where people went so nuts at the end.  Such a fun experience to be standing there at the end with people on their feet, whooping and hollering, and a lot of the time, still dancing!

  3. The talent.  Seriously…SUCH a talented cast.  Not gonna lie – I’ve had the chance to perform with a lot of amazing casts with a lot of people way more talented than myself.  So I am a bit of a snob about not wanting to be a part of a sub-par show.  My other cast mates were ALL amazing.  It was such an honor and a blessing to get to perform with them.  I love performing with people better than myself cause it pushes me to grow, learn, and do better, and I definitely learned from others around me doing this show.

  4. The artistic team.  Was so fun to watch Janie Scott direct and choreograph this show.  Such a great director and a blast to work with.  Great stage manager(s), music and vocal director, all around, a great crew of people at Cabrillo Stage.

  5. Just performing.  Haven’t seen the movie Chariots of Fire, but my spiritual director has shared with me this quote from the move a few times – “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure. “  Great summary of what theater is for me.  So great to live that out.  Definitely feeds my soul.

  6. My family.  In a way this was the bummer part.  Putting up a production takes a lot of time and energy that takes away from the family.  But it was again a reminder of what an amazing, sacrificial, and supportive wife I have.  And I must admit, I may have had slightly misty eyes when Caleb came to the morning show and I’m standing on stage at the end of curtain call with Caleb standing in the aisle beaming, clapping, and yelling, “Yay daddy!!”

  7. The relationships.  Or should I say my extended family?  Aside from just being talented, the cast and artistic team for this show was full of amazing people!  Many of them I have continued to be in contact with over the past month and I consider friends.  So blessed to be introduced to so many great new people in our life because of the Cabrillo family.  Definitely, hands down, the best part of being in this show.  Thanks to everyone who made it such a special summer.

 

 

And the only thing better than Hairspray?
That’s me. ;)

(If you don’t get that, you don’t know the show.  Just roll with it.)

4 Responses to “The Only Thing Better Than Hairspray”

  1. Kelly 16 September 2011 at 2:09 pm Permalink

    What a blast for me to have a small part in that production. Even though I didn’t get to interact with much of the cast I could tell you guys really loved being together on stage. I want to do it again!

  2. Hugh 16 September 2011 at 1:46 pm Permalink

    Just “yes.” I have one more season before I leave the area for my Ph.D. It would be a blessing to share that stage with you again.

  3. bobby 16 September 2011 at 10:27 am Permalink

    Haha! Thanks Rich.
    Sorry to disappoint you, but the do has already been switched up a bit. ;)

  4. Rich Kirkpatrick 16 September 2011 at 9:08 am Permalink

    Wished I could have seen you in this.

    BTW, you should keep that hair…dig dig dig it.

    RK


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