The night is really about the Senior speeches, and that's what you look forward to for 3 years until it is your turn. So tonight it was my turn, and the turns of all of my fellow classmates. And it was wonderful.
I sat up there, listening, keyed into every single speech and I couldn't help but keep a huge grin on my face. Through ever single speech. These were either people that I've been in class with for 2 or 3 years, or had been on crew with for 4 years. Some less than that, but unlike most of the Seniors up there tonight, I had a connection to everyone, on both sides.
And then it was my turn. And Susan delivered my speech. A shock to me, since I've known her only a year, whereas I've worked with Carl and Eric for 4 years...but it was beautiful and touching. And I'm really glad that she ended up writing mine, because the caliber of it was simply top-draw. She had me crying, and she started crying herself. It was long too. One of the longest speeches, I believe, but it seemed to go by so quickly. And after it I gave her a hug, and Eric a hug, and Carl a hug. I think I'm the only one to have really gotten to know all of them on such a deep level. Many get to know each of them individually, but few have the contact with two or all three in the way that I have. And that makes me feel incredibly great.
And next year's season looks great. Arsenic and Old Lace, The Dinning Room, STUNTS with a theme of Competition (Anything You Can Do, STUNTS Can Do Better!), Footloose, a Musical Review of Sondheim (for the Musical Theatre class), and a as-of-yet undecided Dietz piece (he wrote a version of Dracula and went to high school with Susan).
I am so amazingly jealous of this season. Especially considering this year's Stefanie Hero and The Boyfriend. But oh well. Next year it's off to college for me.
At the very end of the night, Carl and Susan were saying how tired they were and Carl was fretting over having to teach the 1,2 kids improv tomorrow, so I jokingly said "Just have your Senior teachers do it." So now it's very possible that I might be teaching my 1,2 kids improv for Susan!!!!! After the game day that I lead, this excites me to no end. I definitely think I want to pursue theatre education...not that there is a huge market for that, but I love it so much. I love my 1,2 class, especially when I get to lead them and teach them.
Oh crap. I have a lot of homework tonight that I had forgotten about. Maybe I'll make myself dinner after all...