Next stop was an audition for Mary Poppins in a town that was about an hour away. Somehow I had convinced myself that I would totally be able to handle, you know, however many months of rehearsals in a town that was an hour away, with rehearsals being 4 times a week... Oh my goodness, but I look back now and see that God did have a plan.
I think I mentioned that I had shown up to the White Christmas audition and everybody was in show make up and... I mean, if I was going to be honest with myself, I really hadn't done anything with make up for at least 10 years. Lol. But I wanted to be prepared for this next audition so I set out to find something on YouTube. You can learn just about anything on those videos. (My husband learned how to fix our van doors by watching a YouTube video). I went with this gal- Lisa Eldridge (a good friend recommended her), she has this wonderfully awesome British accent and she goes through and shows you how to put everything on. Then I needed the actual make-up and the gals at the Dillard's make-up counter were super helpful. (Not to mention, the Dollar Store and Target were also helpful, haha, but I wanted a good foundation and had no clue of what color to wear..)
So for the next audition, I came prepared, with a change of clothes and in full stage make up. Well, when I arrived, I was maybe one of the only people there in stage make up. Hahahaha. But at least I learned how to do it......and I learned that not every audition is the same. However, it did go the same in the fact that I did not get a callback. But I had to learn a monologue for this one, and that really made me realize how much I missed acting.
Jump to the next month where I had the opportunity to audition for another musical, also Mary Poppins. I prepared a monologue with a British accent, that was super fun and challenging. I went to an audition workshop for it and had a really good experience. But right around then, God sort of started tapping me on the shoulder and said that this wasn't what he had for me. And I mean honestly, when I looked at the scheduling, I would've been committing to every Tuesday and Thursday evening, as well as Saturday, for 4 months, and when I was brutally honest with myself, that wasn't something I could handle. But, in the midst of that, I heard God speak to me so clearly and say He had something better for me. I was definitely disappointed, but felt relieved after having decided not to audition.
Jump to another month later and I learned about an opportunity to become part of an Easter play that a local production company produces here (and around the US every year) called The Thorn (www.thethorn.net). And honestly, from the moment I walked into the first meeting/rehearsal, I was just so excited, because I knew it was going to be an awesome experience. And it totally was, it was life-changing for me! And one of the best parts was that I was able to have two of my kids participate (the other ones had scheduling conflicts.....or they were 2 yrs old and I wasn't ready to have her there haha.) But, we've just had an amazing experience, helping to tell the story of Jesus Christ. It is an incredible performance, (if you ever have the chance to see it- you should go!) The show just finished in Colorado Springs this weekend and I honestly can't wait for next year already! And the kids had a blast, they really did. We met so many great people.
I really don't know exactly where I'll go from here, but I know that I still love the arts. The thought of being able to do it and make a difference in God's kingdom is inspiring. I'm pretty sure I want to keep doing this kind of thing. So...I'm excited, and it's been neat to look back on the last 9 months, after having finished an actual production :). It feels very satisfying.
Happy, happy Monday.