The past few months I have been rehearsing for a small part in a Connestee Falls production of Music Across America. Written by one of our fellow Connesteans and directed by our Chorale Director this was a pretty epic endeavor.
We had 3 sold out performances this past weekend and it was fun, fun, fun. I had a very minor role and performed as part of a group in two numbers in the beginning. I was part of a church choir group (seems appropriate) and we sang Amazing Grace and O Happy Day. Then we all joined in the finale of What a Wonderful World. It was great fun and there was a lot of camaraderie.
We often refer to our development as Camp Connestee. It really is kind of like camp here with all kinds of activities that you can participate in and this was one example of that. And the talent. Whew. I am blown away with some of the folks here and how talented they are.
The funny thing about performing is that even if it is for a good cause (in this case the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Fund) it can be nerve-racking. I mean the people you are performing for are your neighbors and friends and this production had. A LOT of moving parts. My biggest worry was moving to the music so I didn’t look like a dork. In the beginning our instructions were to move all together at a certain time and in a certain way. Well, let’s just say I think our director saw how awkward I was doing that and she nixed that idea, thank goodness. My Glenn Tone days are long gone, trust me. (Though there is photographic proof of me in those costumes from high school I will not subject you to seeing those.)
I giggled when I thought about trying to move and sing but I managed it somehow because it was not a set way —I could do my own thing. A lot of the performers are much more comfortable doing the choreography than I am but that’s okay. I am not a showboater.
But what a wonderful world where a variety of very talented people, and some like me with average talent, can come together and have fun presenting a show. I am so blessed and happy to have had the opportunity to do this and be a part of a fun production.
But I will be honest, I am glad to go back to a slower week this week with no practices and no performances and some down time. But stay tuned –there will be more coming up at Camp Connestee.