March 1-6, 2016

What a crazy, CRAZY almost-a-week.

Elegies: A Song Cycle opened and closed this past weekend. What a beautiful show and experience. I’m so proud of this cast and all they accomplished and I’m eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to tell such an important story. I feel fulfilled in a way that I can’t fully express. The show was absolutely soaring and powerful, and I will never forget what it feels like to tell stories that deserve to be told.

I turned 18. I spent my entire day in Rent rehearsal learning “Tango Maureen” with Maya, and went straight to Fine Arts for Elegies tech. In everyone’s eyes, I never got time to celebrate. But that was my celebration. I am so lucky to have been able to come to this school, have the experience of being on stage with my life-long friends, and to go and make theatre on our own right after.

But Friday night, after my dad and little brother saw the show, they pulled me back to Picasso for the SURPRISE PARTY that my dad planned with all my friends, teachers, and hall counselors. I can’t believe they pulled that off. I felt so much love that entire night. I can’t believe how lucky I am. And I got to see and spend so much of my family. Note to future self: never forget the moments of love that you have been so blessed to understand.

Then on Sunday I got to see my teacher, David Montee, as Felix Unger in Purple Rose Theatre Company’s The Odd Couple. This man has been more than instrumental in my decision to become a director, in pushing myself to my absolute artistic and intellectual limits, and in striving to be a devoted human and artist. I can’t wait to be back in class with him.

18 is going to be a big year. Soon I have to decide on a college to attend, and then I get to help vote for who the next President will be. I get to work my first job away from home this summer, and I get to witness Interlochen as an employee. I will probably fall in love with so much this year, and I’ll lose things too. It just keeps moving on.

“I see towers where there were trees.” — Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim


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