I just wanted to say "Thank you" to everyone who prayed for our run-through tonight. It actually went really well for a first run of the whole show. There's a lot of things to still work out, and we have to shave about a half hour off each act, but I think in the end, it'll be really good.
Personally, I could have been better... but not all of it was in my control. The "stage", or rather the practice space, was not set up in a conducive way for me to do all the running around i have to do during my song, and I missed a lot of my movements because I wasn't sure how to get where I needed to go... I'm still singing it lower than what I know I should, but I think I'm just going to have to run with it and make it work. The director hasn't said anything, so it must not sound bad... but I guess I'm always more critical of myself. I think it's just my nerves that put me in a lower register... I'm not really sure how to fix that, because it doesn't happen on any of the other songs I sing with other people, just when I sing by myself. Any ideas?
On a positive note, the duet I sing with another lady is going really well. Our voices are blending nicely, and we just get to stand there, which is a nice change from the rest of the musical.
I have been up since 5:30 this morning and singing in various capacities since 7:30 AM... my voice is shot. My ear started hurting on my way home from practice tonight, so I put some drops in and am praying that I'm not going to get sick. I bought some Airborne the other day, at a friend's suggestion, so hopefully that'll stave off any sickness that might be lurking as I get more and more exhausted in the next 20 days. AHHHHH!
I talk a lot about exhaustion and nerves, but tonight I had a really good time, and I finally think I'm starting to remember why I love live theatre. Yes, there are lots of frustrating moments, but there is a bond that comes with trying to put a show together that no one understands unless you are part of it. Even on the days when I don't want to go to practice, I end up really enjoying my time there. It has been great to spend time with my "bff" (inside joke) and also to realize that being around teenagers is not always bad. They can be annoying at times, but can also be really hard working, smart and caring. I guess it just depends on who they are. Maybe this is the start of me getting over my kid aversion... well, maybe.
So again, thank you for praying. I ask that you continue to pray for us, as we still have a lot of work to do, and for me specifically, as I really need to get out of my own head and just do this thing.
Oh... and I was sneezed on tonight. Joy.