Hubby love the theatre. Loves it so much he spells it theatRE instead of theater like most people. BB, it seems, has also developed a love for performance. Lord knows he didn’t get that gene from me, so I can only assume that’s something he got from his dad.
The poor kid was sick all last week, but he really wanted to audition for A Mirical on 34th Street this weekend. As luck (and some wonderful tinctures) would have it, he was well enough to attend the last day of auditions yesterday. He was still kinda under the weather and certainly not at his best, but he was in high spirits and was absolutely adorable and confident. He didn’t show any signs of nervousness that one would expect from a first time auditioner, and he later told me “Anyway, what’s the point in being nervous? I had fun at the audition and that’s what it’s about”. Wise kid. He gets that from his mother. As we left, we were told call backs would happen later that night, so we went home, grilled some hot dogs and decorated the house for Halloween.
A few minutes before dinner we got the call, and he was cast. Tonight is the first rehearsal and BB is so proud of himself and so pleased to be going to this “very important actors meeting”. Looks like I’ll be getting to know the staff of the community theatre pretty well. Currently, Hubby is assistant directing a production for them and he’s up there M-F 6-9. BB will be up there 3x per week from 6:30-8:30. My ultimate hope is that someday Hubby and BB can do something together. I think that would be an experience they’ll both cherish for the rest of their lives.
I’m really proud of my kid. Not because he was cast, but because he was brave enough to audition to begin with. There is no way you could have dragged me to an audition when I was a kid. Not even with the promise of a million new books. I was too fearful and filled with too much self doubt and loathing. But BB, I’m learning, isn’t me. He’s not like I was as a kid because he doesn’t have to be. He has a vastly different childhood and the result is that he’s a sweet, smart, funny, brave, confident and wise child. Sometimes I look at him and actually see that glow of childhood around him. I hope that he will carry that distinct glow for the rest of his life.