9:23 AM

"We've got to make it through the winter...."

Posted by Courtney |

"....Or we won't get lovin in the spring"

I just can't seem to get these show tunes out of my head. For the past 3 months I have been very busy working on the musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

The performances were this past weekend, March 13 &14th. Let me tell you it was fun! The last time I had done a show was back in high school and that was my life back then. I have such a passion for acting so it was great to flex my acting muscles once again. To step outside of motherhood for just a bit and do something apart from mothering. Not that I don't LOVE being a mother, but sometimes being a mom, you forget about the things that made you who you are today. It was an incredible experience. I played Milly (the lead for those who don't know). I loved every minute of it! All the dancing, singing, acting and not to mention the costumes. It's just hard to compare anything else to it. The adrenaline that you get once you walk on stage, WOW!!! That's all I got to say. It was a huge cast. 14 leads, 7 townsmen, and then the extras plus the crew and directors. There was many late nights and sore mornings (cause we danced so much). But I can't complain. I at least was getting a really good work out every night :)

And of course I could not have even thought about doing something like this if it hadn't been for the BEST HUSBAND IN THE WORLD! He really took up the slack. Every night I would have to be at rehearsals and he would feed the kids, bath them and put them to bed, and he did that for 3 months. He even would clean the kitchen for me. I'm telling you what, he really sacrificed a lot to let me do something that I enjoyed. I owe him a LOT! Thank you honey!!! You are incredible! I Love YOU!!!! I think he is glad to have his wife back though :)

The girls loved watching me act. This was the first time they have ever seen me in any other role besides their mommy. Kadyn told me after the first performance, "Mommy you are really mad at daddy", it took me a minute to understand but she was referring to me acting mad at my "stage husband" in the play. I guess we were that believable. Then the second night she pointed to David Martin (He played Adam, my husband in the play) and said, "There's my father!!!" Clearly she was really confused. Ashlyn's reaction was a little interesting. The first night, she came up to me, threw her arms around my waist and through sobbing tears said, "Mommy.....You...Did...such...a...good...job...!" She was so proud of her mommy. The emotions that she felt was overwhelming that all she could do was cry. Nathan said she cried herself to sleep that night. Sweet girl. It of course made me cry too. Now Ashlyn asks me every day....."Mommy, I really want you to do the play again. PLEASE!!!!" Like we all just decided to put on a play and it's that easy to do any night of the week.

So now that it's over, I am back to my life as a mother and wife. My actress hat is back in the closet. I am sure I will wear this hat again someday but my family needs a little break. Rehearsal schedules are grueling.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support me. I am a blessed woman.

Here are a few pictures from the play: Sorry the pictures are small. I don't know how to make them bigger :(

If you want to see some videos of me performing, Here is a link to my mom's facebook page. You will see some videos of me on there. http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=1001888075


SARAH said...

I think you did an awesome job!
Was alot of fun to watch it again after 10 years since the last time you did it too.

Me & the Gadberrys went home Sat night & put the movie on... I was amazed at how well you compared to her on tehre.. I am SURE you watched the movie a few times before doing the role again huh?

Love ya!

Des said...

you made my nose burn throughout the whole play! I am so proud of you too! Me and Ash are in your fan club :)
I'm so glad that you got to feel fulfilled in something else for a change.
You rock!

nikki said...

IMPRESSIVE! That's about all I can say. I'm so glad you were able to get out that creative side of yourself. We definitely had a fun time watching. Scott had already been wanting to take me out to a play :) Take Care!

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