One of the greatest joys in life (IMHO) is finding that place, that niche, where you feel at home and where you know you belong. Whether it’s the blogging community, a church, or a quilting circle, it does the soul good to have a group of people who share your passion and who “get” you.
For me, that niche is the theatre community.
I started “performing” at a very young age. I can remember staying at Mima’s house and playing dress up and putting on shows for her and my grandpa (a.k.a. “Boppy”). Thankfully, she encouraged this behavior and before too long, I was auditioning for church plays and getting cast in school productions.
Fast forward to the college years. I changed schools and majors more times than I can recall until one day, someone quoted Harvey MacKay to me.
“Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Whether you agree with this or not, it hit my confused, college-aged heart like a bolt of lightning. (Yes, I think with my heart. I guess it’s better than my pants?) I knew what I had to do.
That was the year I switched my major to Theatre and never looked back. My world became saturated with rehearsals, memorizing lines, reading the classics and learning everything from technical theatre to costume design. I loved it ALL but more importantly, I loved the people.
Although I’ve lost contact with most of my college thespians (save for Facebook updates), I am still involved in theatre and still surrounding myself with other “theatre geeks”. These funny, quirky, outspoken and downright crazy individuals are also some of the most caring, accepting and intelligent people you will ever meet. In fact, I’d like to introduce two of them to you today.
I’m currently working on a show at our community theatre called Becky’s New Car. (side note – it’s great! If you’re in Midland, you should def go see it!) For the first time in a long time, I’m not on stage but rather working with the “techies” on the sound board.
Allow me to introduce my amazing stage manager, Lauren.
The idea for this post actually came to me last Sunday when I walked in to the Green Room and saw her in this adorable outfit. “I have to blog that!”, I believe were my exact words. The shoes alone made my heart swell. Too bad my foot is about 5 sizes bigger than hers.
According to Lauren, the ruffled top and metallic leggings came from Charming Charlie’s (one of my favorite stores which we don’t have here), the jacket is from Versona and the to-die-for shoes from Charlotte Russe (no longer online but check out this pair).
It’s a well-known fact that during rehearsals or work calls, a lot of theatre people “dress down”. For rehearsals, we tend to go for comfort and movability, or if we’re painting a set and such, we wear our ratchet, paint clothes. But Lauren is living proof that we do, in fact, clean up well!
Next, I’d like to introduce you to Jamie. Jamie is one of our light board operators and also one of the funniest, most outgoing chicks you’ll ever meet!
Something else you need to know about theatre peeps – we wear a lot of black! It’s somewhere in the Theatre Bible, I’m pretty sure.
Jamie’s dress is from Amazon (here) and her cardigan from Target (last summer). As with Lauren, her shoe game is on point. These lovely boots came from Famous footwear (here) and come in wide calf!!!!
One last thing you should know about us theatre kids…we’re nuts. All I wanted was a simple photo of Jamie’s outfit and here’s what I got instead.
Man, I sure do love these goofballs!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all my theatre people. Thank you for being so weird and thank you for being my friend.
After all, a life without weird friends is no life at all!