2010… What a year! So much happened that I do not know where the time went! It started off LAST January when I received my first two awards for acting in You Have the Right to Remain Dead (as everyone’s ill-fated, lovable, hammy narrator… Harnell Chesterton) and for bringing the Grinchi Scrooginess of Mr. Henry F. Potter to life in It’s a Wonderful Life. Even my best friends gave up a Bears’ playoff game to share in my moment as well as family!
I can’t even fathom the reality that I had limited myself to only two plays this year. I tackled m first lead role in the three person DRAMA, Miracles. I hope that Dawn and Rebekkah share in my belief that this play was one of the best shows I have ever been a part of. Thank you Beth for pushing for this show to be done and spreading its important, powerful message.
Chris next challenged me to seek out a new vocal coach. I had wanted to find one ever since Emily passed; however, I was uncertain as to whether I could find one as determined to help me in what I need to do. Thank God, he helped me find Kathrine. I could not ask for a better coach. I just adore people who know where your talent lies and are willing to guide you with suggestions on how best to cultivate them. Over the years I have had and continue to have some of the best!
I also became a board member of a new theatrical group in which I get to spend more time with my friends and help to bring The Wizard of Oz to the stage next summer. I also had my first byline when I reviewed the company’s production of (Cr)Oklahoma! last summer.
My final performances of the year came in the Mare helmed production of The Hound of the Baskervilles in which I played a dual role as Barrymore, the caretaker of the Baskerville estate and as the doomed Selden who met a rather grisly demise. Each production lends some challenge as well as fun working with old friends and making new ones.
The fact that I only limited myself to two shows this past year allowed me to do some very cool things with my friends. In July, we went to Cincinnati to the zoo and then to Kings Island. I had not been to one of my favorite parks in several years and to go and be treated as V.I.P.s was extraordinary. Not to mention the multiple game nights (from which I just opened 2011), chats in person and via I.M.ing. Just good times!
Of course a year is not all roses. On January 5, we lost our beloved Aunt Carol to cancer. Gone long before her time but held on longer than many thought she would. And more recently, my brother separated from his wife. I think that ultimately with the help and guidance of prayer and the love of family and friends striving forward yet remembering the special times only make us stronger.
So as we bid farewell to 2010, wrap up the holiday season and look ahead to the new year, I wish all of you the very best of peace, joy, and happiness.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE… GOOD NIGHT!
2 thoughts on “A Year Full of Ups And Downs”
WOW! 4:47am and writing a blog post! 🙂
Happy to share in your ups, happy to share in praying about your downs. 2011 has already been full of ups thanks to great family and friends!
Amen to that, Taylhis!