First some good news:
I apologize for the length of the “good news” this week, but I need to share this Facebook post by Sheradee Scott Hurst from Greg White’s wall.
“So, here’s what happened when my eight-year-old was invited to play a child role in a college production. Opening night, she walked in the green room and several college students shouted, “Happy Opening!” The student assigned to supervise the three children in the production took notes in her phone of their favorite candy the night before and bought it with her own money and brought it to opening night for them. Another cast member wrote a handwritten note to the three children encouraging them to stay in music theatre and telling them how happy it makes him to see young children involved in theatre. Then our tiny actor told us she held hands with the cast while they lead a prayer circle. This is the youth of today? Twenty years ago, when I was a little Broncho I was just trying to have clean underwear for class. These kids are incredibly impressive. One of the leads walked by, patted her on the shoulder and said, “Good job, Sweetheart!” And the best lesson out of the entire experience… the freshman student that was assigned to supervise the children. They were calling her “Aunt Madi.” She was precious and came to every rehearsal to learn parts as an understudy and also to supervise the children. She stood in for anyone when they were gone at rehearsal. She supervised the kids through every dress rehearsal and performance this week. She came in *full hair and make-up* to EVERY show, to supervise the kids, and never once stepped foot on the stage. I made sure to tell my girls to take notice of that. You aren’t always the lead role, sometimes you aren’t ensemble, and sometimes, many times, you have to work really hard and never step foot on the stage through the show’s run. It’s not about landing a big role; it’s about making a big impact and she certainly did that on my little one. Then…last night when we got in the car after a packed show. I said to my girl, “I just kept looking around that theater and thinking how packed it was and how many people were there. Then I started thinking you’re only eight years old, and it’s a really big stage with all these college students, and you just went out there like a professional in front of that completely packed theater!” My girl smiled and said, “And guess what? I have you to thank for all of it!” 😭 So now I’m picking up the 9,000 pieces my heart burst into in the UCO parking lot. 💕 Thank you Greg White, Brent Pedersen, UCO Musical Theatre: “The Most Happy Fella,” and Edmond Fine Arts Institute. Our gratitude for her to have this experience is immeasurable. Her Dad and I are proud to be Bronchos.” . . .