I have mentioned that I am in a community theater production of Oklahoma! this summer. Oklahoma! is one of my favorite shows, even if it is a bit corny. What I like about it is that on the surface it seems like old Broadway fluff, but really there are some deeper issues present...such as stalking, suicide and creepy sexual stuff.
Anyway, this show has been a difficult one for me because I haven't been physically feeling well. When you work during and have to go to rehearsal at night, it is exhausting. It is much more taxing when you feel like your going to vom while your doing high kicks. Just the other night I threw up and then proceeded to dance in the "dream ballet" (for those familiar with the show). As they say, the show must go on! I must say, I kind of felt like a bad ass.
Despite all the vomit, last night I felt a sense of contentment. All those nights where I felt like shadoobie were worth it because even though our show is not perfect, its coming together. It's flowing. The dances don't look like train wrecks and the songs are giving me goosebumps. Now I might have a completely different outlook on this during hell week next week...but for right now I remember why I auditioned and so badly wanted to be part of this show.
Even if you aren't in theater, most people can relate to being part of something bigger than themselves...like a sports team or a big work project. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into building something great. Throughout the process, it is easy to get frustrated, tired, irritated and "over it" as I usually say. But when it all comes together, those negative feelings tend to vanish and keeps you coming back for more.
If you want to see the show and live in the Cincinnati tri-state area get your tickets at: http://brieabiproductions.com/upcoming-shows/oklahoma/