I just finished working on a fundraiser
vocal show. The theme for this event was
our global community. Many students of
my school shared their heritage through this show. It was called “It’s a small world…after all”. We had
music from Russia, France, India, Spain, Germany, etc.
Every show or a big event is considered and is felt as a stress. Every little thing can be stressful: from printing the flyers to deciding on the
marketing to booking the tickets. Of
course shows are fun and rewarding when they are successful: the thank yous ,
the smiles, the flowers. This can be
called a pleasant stress.
I still have some residue of stress in me
and during the dress rehearsal I thought there was no way in the world I would
ever let myself believe that I could do a project like that and I told to a
couple of my friends that they needed to remind me next year that I was not
planning to do it again.
However, I did
notice several things: I was not as tired as I used to be during the “getting
ready” period and I was not as needy for
help as I used to be. I was able to be
there most of the time enjoying and smiling.
These are also just some “cute”
circumstances that popped up:
-The show was scheduled and then we realized that
a different show would be running at the same time at the same place;
-Some of my advanced students (they can really do
a nice job) got the leads in the school plays so were not available for my
-On the day before the opening night my husband
(we have been together, sometimes happily together sometimes unhappily for
about 20 years) told me that we were going to divorce;
-My computer that had the music for the show
crushed before one of the shows:
-We had a big number of disabled children at one
of the shows and it was challenging to perform for some of my kids because they
are not professional performers just yet and they felt so sad for these
-My friend who would spend days coordinating with
me a birthday party to make sure I would make it could not find one day out of
three performers to come to support what I have been doing for almost three
-The performers were running late sometimes and
not always on their best behavior (they are children after all);
-The last day of the benefit we could not even
start on time because the play was oversold.
Would you consider these different
circumstances as stress? I bet yes. Me too
friend of mine told me during one of the shows: ”I am looking at you and there is chaos everywhere but
you are peaceful and smiling. What is
the secret?” And I thought to
myself: “Well, I do have one.”
We made $1,500 for our local community
theater and all the performances were fantastic I will have to learn the science of an un-clutched divorce though. That part is tough still.