Because this girl is KILLING IT in the theater. She went from Dorothy in Wizard of Oz right to Amaryllis in Music Man (and next is Jasmine in Aladdin). She's on fire, ya'll. And we all know that what follows will be years of being cast as Tree #3, but for now she's eating. This. Up.
All this theater experience has served to confirm that all she wants to do someday is own her own community theater. Translation: No health insurance or 401k for this girl!
She's said this for years and I've always countered with, "That will be an awesome hobby for you someday."
But she's no longer buying it. The other day she said, "Mom, you know I don't care about money don't you?" And I do know that. And it's honorable and stuff. But geeesh, woman, I don't want to support you one day longer than I have to.
The best thing about this whole theater obsession is that she is now using this passion to work with special needs children. She auditioned to be a mentor for a full-stage production of Aladdin at Special Care. All the leads are played by special needs children. She is mentoring the girl who plays Jasmine. She has learned every line and song and is right on the stage with her the whole time helping her perform. It is the best thing I've ever seen in my life.
Her heart is so wide open to all kinds of people and it's a real lesson to me.
Her heart is especially wide open to all the college kids she worked with in Music Man. She sort of thinks she's already in college, which is equally terrifying and hilarious.
Thankfully, these happen to be the kind of college kids that I want influencing her life.
They all took such good care of her on the set.
And because I'm human and totally have favorites, I now take care of them.
They can come to my house and eat all the food out of my fridge anytime they want.
They can even live with me (one of my most favorite musical theater students is doing just that).
Remind me to teach college students about the benefits of clear tape.
Even if she is destined to be poor for the rest of her life, I could not be more proud of the way she uses her talents.
She's pretty wonderful.