This time last year, I felt like I was on top of the world. Everything fell right into place. Nothing has changed since then. Well, not nothing. I have a beautiful nephew and I'm going back to school and I just had an outstanding summer. And still, I feel a little lost.
Speaking of summer, what a doozie this one was! The first two weeks of June, I taught different groups of 10 five-and-six-year-olds for 3 hours at a time at Red Mountain Theatre Company's workshop. It was intense and I loved it. The very next week I went to Huntsville to direct a middle-school musical theatre camp. The week after that, I was at Samford for my third year as co-coordinator at their Theatre Camp with 71 elementary-aged students.
In July, I had one week filled with two camps. In the mornings I was at Dawson Music Camp where I was the voice teacher, and then I went straight from there to lead Princess Camp at Gymboree Play and Music with 5 of the sweetest 3-year-old girls I have ever met. Busy busy busy, but that week was a blast! That very same week, I was in tech rehearsals for Legally Blonde the Musical with RMTC. Running the spot again, and I am LOVING it.
The past two weeks, I was back at Samford as camp co-coordinator. We had 11 teenage girls sign up so the three of us who started this camp 5 years ago were the only ones there all day. We had some theatre professionals come in to do master classes. By the end of the two weeks, our girls performed a scene from Hairspray, a scene from A Piece of My Heart, a scene from Wicked, monologues, the dance to One from A Chorus Line AND an full-fledged 30-minute musical revue. It was awesome. I do not have words to describe how impressed I was by them, how proud I was of our work together, or how exhausted we all were after the performance.
So all of that is great. Legally Blonde closes this weekend, tomorrow I start back at Gymboree, at the end of the month I'll be starting classes, and in September I'll start my second year of teaching private voice at Dawson Music Academy with my brand new curriculum that I developed for camp this summer. Pretty awesome. And yet, whenever someone asks me what I've done since Hairspray, or what's next for me, I have no answer.
I guess this is my official update: I haven't done anything new and I don't know what I'm doing next. I have a lot going on and I'm very happy most of the time. Rush and I are looking into buying a house when I'm done with school. But then again maybe not. I'm planning on attending auditions, however that might have to wait until I graduate. I could look for another job, except I'm pretty pumped about the one(s) I have right now. I think I'll just stay still and quiet until May and see where that takes us.