For the past two months or so I have been very busy working on my school musical, The Wiz. Many nights I stayed after school until late, and I even dragged myself to the school over the weekend to put in extra hours. This past weekend we put on our last performances and tore the set down which served as a sad reminder that all was finished.
I had not originally planned to participate in the musical. I knew that musicals involved singing (big surprise) and I usually prefer to keep my wondrous singing voice to myself to prevent others from becoming jealous. Actually, I cant sing anything on key for my life, not even the old classic Happy Birthday. Because of this, it seemed pretty clear to me that the musical was not at all a good activity for me.
A few days after auditions, I had completely forgotten about the musical when one of my friends asked me if I would be interested in doing stage crew with her. My initial thoughts were, eh and what if the kids are really weird.
In the end, I decided to go to the meeting just for kicks and so I could say I looked into it. I ended up trying-out, which included filling out a paper listing talents, abilities and past experiences.
One of my first, and funniest, memories from the musical came from this meeting. My friend answered the question about having relative experience by saying My older brother did stage crew. I was laughing about this for days.
I ended up being chosen for stage crew and I just decided that since I didnt have anything else going on during the winter, I might as well fill my time with something. Additionally, I was able to participate in the musical without having to sing although, stage crew sometimes decided to grace the cast with our talented voices during their vocal warm-ups.
This was one of the best decisions Ive made all year. I was among about sixty cast members, stage crew, tech crew and musicians who ended up working together on this project.
Coming into this experience, I think I knew four of these sixty kids and one of them was just an acquaintance. Without drawing this all out, I can say that by the end of the two months, I had a conversation with almost everyone involved in the musical and I gained many close friends.
Yes, my initial fear of being around weird kids became a reality but most of these kids were weird in a really funny way. I gained friends in all different grades and social circles whom I probably would never have met otherwise.
After spending so much time together, just days after the musical ended, I already miss my new friends. Someone has already told me, though, that I shouldnt miss people already. I said that I was just getting a head start.
Letting go of the seniors who are off to places near and far is especially upsetting. Ill admit that some of them intimidated me but all of us underclassmen really admired them, all for different reasons. Some of them had really good self-confidence, others were amazing singers and various others were extremely well-rounded.
With all of these amazing people, I created new memories. We spread new words, such as trill and moist which everyone should start saying and we have all grown an American Sign Language vocabulary which we use to have short and meaningless conversations. We have discovered interesting things in our school such as graffiti saying Thug Nasty in the scene shop where set pieces are built. We have even become friends with friendly janitors who take us in the elevator.
I have had so much fun participating in this show and I do not regret joining stage crew. In all honesty, it was probably one of the best choices Ive made all of my life.
If there is one thing that I have learned from this experience, it is that you should take risks once in a while and try things that you are not sure if you will like or are interested in. It can be very rewarding in the end because you could gain so much.
Now that it is all over, all I can say is that I will be very bored in comparison to the past few weeks but I am having a great time catching up on sleep.
Ariana Sadoughi writes a regular column for fredericknewspost.com.