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- Theatre teacher glamour; a portrait. . To be a teacher is a precious thing. . Once upon a time, I taught a bunch of kids who changed my brain, my life, and my heart. . I taught them theatre during the day. I was also the director of their high school musical. I chose to do A Chorus Line. The powers that be approved my choice. . The administration changed their minds about the show two weeks before these students were supposed to open. . They no longer approved of the show, and wanted to change the script. . They were not allowed to say rape. They were not allowed to say God. They were not allowed to say shit. They were not allowed to say milky wet dreams. . When I got the script back, I cried. I cried in front of them. Probably not the most professional moment, but it was the most human. . What will we do? They asked. . I don’t know. But, know there is a time to smile and nod, and there is also a time to throw a punch. (Figuratively, of course.) . The next day was a snow day. We didn’t have rehearsal. . The day after, they came in with letters. And letters. And letters. . What’s this, I asked? . Our punch, they replied. . They pushed for a meeting with the school administration, and they got it. And they came prepared. . They said, how do you teach us about copyright laws, and then pretend like it’s ok to change this script? And how come it’s ok to read these banned words in the required English assignments, but it’s not ok to say it onstage? . And finally, how are you going to sit there, and tell us we cannot say the word rape onstage? What if there’s someone in the study who’s experienced that in real life, and now, instead of creating a space in which they feel safe, you’re ushering them into silence? . There’s more to this story. So much more. But the bottom line is that the script didn’t change, the students shone bright, and I was the proudest teacher and director in all the land. . To underestimate teenagers is just...dumb. For if we, the adults, do our jobs right, they are forced to be reckoned with. They are lights that will shine. They are the hope that will bring a better tomorrow.
- Theatre teacher glamour; a portrait. . To be a teacher is a precious thing. . Once upon a time, I taught a bunch of kids who changed my brain, my life, and my heart. . I taught them theatre during the day. I was also the director of their high school musical. I chose to do A Chorus Line. The powers that be approved my choice. . The administration changed their minds about the show two weeks before these students were supposed to open. . They no longer approved of the show, and wanted to change the script. . They were not allowed to say rape. They were not allowed to say God. They were not allowed to say shit. They were not allowed to say milky wet dreams. . When I got the script back, I cried. I cried in front of them. Probably not the most professional moment, but it was the most human. . What will we do? They asked. . I don’t know. But, know there is a time to smile and nod, and there is also a time to throw a punch. (Figuratively, of course.) . The next day was a snow day. We didn’t have rehearsal. . The day after, they came in with letters. And letters. And letters. . What’s this, I asked? . Our punch, they replied. . They pushed for a meeting with the school administration, and they got it. And they came prepared. . They said, how do you teach us about copyright laws, and then pretend like it’s ok to change this script? And how come it’s ok to read these banned words in the required English assignments, but it’s not ok to say it onstage? . And finally, how are you going to sit there, and tell us we cannot say the word rape onstage? What if there’s someone in the study who’s experienced that in real life, and now, instead of creating a space in which they feel safe, you’re ushering them into silence? . There’s more to this story. So much more. But the bottom line is that the script didn’t change, the students shone bright, and I was the proudest teacher and director in all the land. . To underestimate teenagers is just...dumb. For if we, the adults, do our jobs right, they are forced to be reckoned with. They are lights that will shine. They are the hope that will bring a better tomorrow.
- Theatre teacher glamour; a portrait. . To be a teacher is a precious thing. . Once upon a time, I taught a bunch of kids who changed my brain, my life, and my heart. . I taught them theatre during the day. I was also the director of their high school musical. I chose to do A Chorus Line. The powers that be approved my choice. . The administration changed their minds about the show two weeks before these students were supposed to open. . They no longer approved of the show, and wanted to change the script. . They were not allowed to say rape. They were not allowed to say God. They were not allowed to say shit. They were not allowed to say milky wet dreams. . When I got the script back, I cried. I cried in front of them. Probably not the most professional moment, but it was the most human. . What will we do? They asked. . I don’t know. But, know there is a time to smile and nod, and there is also a time to throw a punch. (Figuratively, of course.) . The next day was a snow day. We didn’t have rehearsal. . The day after, they came in with letters. And letters. And letters. . What’s this, I asked? . Our punch, they replied. . They pushed for a meeting with the school administration, and they got it. And they came prepared. . They said, how do you teach us about copyright laws, and then pretend like it’s ok to change this script? And how come it’s ok to read these banned words in the required English assignments, but it’s not ok to say it onstage? . And finally, how are you going to sit there, and tell us we cannot say the word rape onstage? What if there’s someone in the study who’s experienced that in real life, and now, instead of creating a space in which they feel safe, you’re ushering them into silence? . There’s more to this story. So much more. But the bottom line is that the script didn’t change, the students shone bright, and I was the proudest teacher and director in all the land. . To underestimate teenagers is just...dumb. For if we, the adults, do our jobs right, they are forced to be reckoned with. They are lights that will shine. They are the hope that will bring a better tomorrow.
- I hope you look at the love that surrounds you this #ValentinesDay- whether it's between you and your child, you and your partner, you and your family, and/or you and your parents, and recognize that love of community and family and friends is truly one of life's greatest gifts. . And, last but not least, I hope you look inward and that you take care of your heart. I hope you look in the mirror and love what you see. I hope you learn how to love you, for all your wonder and all your flaws. . And I hope you hear me when I say that that's a love worth celebrating. Always.
- I hope you look at the love that surrounds you this #ValentinesDay- whether it's between you and your child, you and your partner, you and your family, and/or you and your parents, and recognize that love of community and family and friends is truly one of life's greatest gifts. . And, last but not least, I hope you look inward and that you take care of your heart. I hope you look in the mirror and love what you see. I hope you learn how to love you, for all your wonder and all your flaws. . And I hope you hear me when I say that that's a love worth celebrating. Always.
- I hope you look at the love that surrounds you this #ValentinesDay- whether it's between you and your child, you and your partner, you and your family, and/or you and your parents, and recognize that love of community and family and friends is truly one of life's greatest gifts. . And, last but not least, I hope you look inward and that you take care of your heart. I hope you look in the mirror and love what you see. I hope you learn how to love you, for all your wonder and all your flaws. . And I hope you hear me when I say that that's a love worth celebrating. Always.
- Candid. . Be still with those you love. Be present in the moments you share. Give thanks for what you have - for our days on this earth are far too short. . Last night I enjoyed my family and fiancé and laughed until my belly hurt. My hair was a mess, (clearly), Whole30 eating went to hell, and we enjoyed one another. . This morning I got a rejection email from a playwriting festival that said they were not going to put H, in their festival. . It hit me in the gut. . It made me want to scream, and then cry, and then give up. . But I can’t. . H is a play about the opioid crisis. . H is a story that needs to be told. It’s a story that will bring awareness and hope and heart. It’s a story that reminds us of the humanity we all share - and forces us to bring the cycle of addiction out of he darkness and into the light. . It needs to be told. And I’m not going to give up. Today I had a rejection email, tomorrow I’ll send it out to ten more theaters. . To my creative pals out there: don’t stop believing in the art you create. Don’t give up on the stories that you know need to be told.
- Candid. . Be still with those you love. Be present in the moments you share. Give thanks for what you have - for our days on this earth are far too short. . Last night I enjoyed my family and fiancé and laughed until my belly hurt. My hair was a mess, (clearly), Whole30 eating went to hell, and we enjoyed one another. . This morning I got a rejection email from a playwriting festival that said they were not going to put H, in their festival. . It hit me in the gut. . It made me want to scream, and then cry, and then give up. . But I can’t. . H is a play about the opioid crisis. . H is a story that needs to be told. It’s a story that will bring awareness and hope and heart. It’s a story that reminds us of the humanity we all share - and forces us to bring the cycle of addiction out of he darkness and into the light. . It needs to be told. And I’m not going to give up. Today I had a rejection email, tomorrow I’ll send it out to ten more theaters. . To my creative pals out there: don’t stop believing in the art you create. Don’t give up on the stories that you know need to be told.
- Candid. . Be still with those you love. Be present in the moments you share. Give thanks for what you have - for our days on this earth are far too short. . Last night I enjoyed my family and fiancé and laughed until my belly hurt. My hair was a mess, (clearly), Whole30 eating went to hell, and we enjoyed one another. . This morning I got a rejection email from a playwriting festival that said they were not going to put H, in their festival. . It hit me in the gut. . It made me want to scream, and then cry, and then give up. . But I can’t. . H is a play about the opioid crisis. . H is a story that needs to be told. It’s a story that will bring awareness and hope and heart. It’s a story that reminds us of the humanity we all share - and forces us to bring the cycle of addiction out of he darkness and into the light. . It needs to be told. And I’m not going to give up. Today I had a rejection email, tomorrow I’ll send it out to ten more theaters. . To my creative pals out there: don’t stop believing in the art you create. Don’t give up on the stories that you know need to be told.
- Three days a week, I teach theatre to adults with special needs. . Each and every week, I introduce my students to a new piece of musical theatre, and select at least one knew song for them to learn, to hear, and to sing to.  This past week I introduced them to @DearEvanHansen, and they listened to "You Will Be Found". . The second time they listened to the song, one student, well, she started to cry. . What's the matter? I said. Happy, she said. Happy, but sad. . Janna (I changed her name for the purposes of this piece), well, Janna is considered to be non verbal. She can say some words, and knows her name, but her verbal and communication skills are quite limited. . So needless to say, when she sat there after listening to You Will Be Found, eyes wet with tears and smile so wide, my heart practically exploded. . Even with her limited vocal skills, the power and magic of the music of Dear Evan Hansen broke through. . It resonated with her. She connected with it. . So, the next time someone says the arts don't matter, and wants to cut an education budget to rid their school or organization of the arts education that's in place - I hope you tell them this story. . The story of music so powerful it knows no bounds. . The story of a girl who heard the message of a show loud and clear. . Art lets us communicate when we no longer have the words - and that's never something to be cast aside. . Ever. . 📷: @thejacobsamuels
- Three days a week, I teach theatre to adults with special needs. . Each and every week, I introduce my students to a new piece of musical theatre, and select at least one knew song for them to learn, to hear, and to sing to.  This past week I introduced them to @DearEvanHansen, and they listened to "You Will Be Found". . The second time they listened to the song, one student, well, she started to cry. . What's the matter? I said. Happy, she said. Happy, but sad. . Janna (I changed her name for the purposes of this piece), well, Janna is considered to be non verbal. She can say some words, and knows her name, but her verbal and communication skills are quite limited. . So needless to say, when she sat there after listening to You Will Be Found, eyes wet with tears and smile so wide, my heart practically exploded. . Even with her limited vocal skills, the power and magic of the music of Dear Evan Hansen broke through. . It resonated with her. She connected with it. . So, the next time someone says the arts don't matter, and wants to cut an education budget to rid their school or organization of the arts education that's in place - I hope you tell them this story. . The story of music so powerful it knows no bounds. . The story of a girl who heard the message of a show loud and clear. . Art lets us communicate when we no longer have the words - and that's never something to be cast aside. . Ever. . 📷: @thejacobsamuels
- Three days a week, I teach theatre to adults with special needs. . Each and every week, I introduce my students to a new piece of musical theatre, and select at least one knew song for them to learn, to hear, and to sing to.  This past week I introduced them to @DearEvanHansen, and they listened to "You Will Be Found". . The second time they listened to the song, one student, well, she started to cry. . What's the matter? I said. Happy, she said. Happy, but sad. . Janna (I changed her name for the purposes of this piece), well, Janna is considered to be non verbal. She can say some words, and knows her name, but her verbal and communication skills are quite limited. . So needless to say, when she sat there after listening to You Will Be Found, eyes wet with tears and smile so wide, my heart practically exploded. . Even with her limited vocal skills, the power and magic of the music of Dear Evan Hansen broke through. . It resonated with her. She connected with it. . So, the next time someone says the arts don't matter, and wants to cut an education budget to rid their school or organization of the arts education that's in place - I hope you tell them this story. . The story of music so powerful it knows no bounds. . The story of a girl who heard the message of a show loud and clear. . Art lets us communicate when we no longer have the words - and that's never something to be cast aside. . Ever. . 📷: @thejacobsamuels
- I wrote about wedding planning mayhem on today’s #blog post, “Everything’s One Thousand Dollars”. 💍 To my fellow brides-to-be, you do what’s best for you and your fiancé, and tune out the chatter of what you “should” do. Your wedding day should be the most magical, lovely, wonderful day, but remember, it’s just a day. And it doesn’t need to break your bank accounts. So don’t lose sight of what matters - the love of your family, your friends, and the start of forever with your spouse. ❤️ link to full article is in my profile. Tips & tricks on how to fight wedding price gouging are greatly appreciated.
- I wrote about wedding planning mayhem on today’s #blog post, “Everything’s One Thousand Dollars”. 💍 To my fellow brides-to-be, you do what’s best for you and your fiancé, and tune out the chatter of what you “should” do. Your wedding day should be the most magical, lovely, wonderful day, but remember, it’s just a day. And it doesn’t need to break your bank accounts. So don’t lose sight of what matters - the love of your family, your friends, and the start of forever with your spouse. ❤️ link to full article is in my profile. Tips & tricks on how to fight wedding price gouging are greatly appreciated.
- I wrote about wedding planning mayhem on today’s #blog post, “Everything’s One Thousand Dollars”. 💍 To my fellow brides-to-be, you do what’s best for you and your fiancé, and tune out the chatter of what you “should” do. Your wedding day should be the most magical, lovely, wonderful day, but remember, it’s just a day. And it doesn’t need to break your bank accounts. So don’t lose sight of what matters - the love of your family, your friends, and the start of forever with your spouse. ❤️ link to full article is in my profile. Tips & tricks on how to fight wedding price gouging are greatly appreciated.
- 1. Whenever I hear the song, “you are my sunshine” I think of you singing that. 2. I love that you love to sing. Thank you for coming to every show. 3. I know you had guilt about going back to work when Gregory and I were little — but I wish you wouldn’t. We’ve always been so proud of you. 4. I love how every year you’d be one of the dance moms at my recitals. Thank you for that. 5. I wish everyone believed in the good in people as much as you do. 6. You’re still the smartest woman I know. 7. I always wished I had pretty blue eyes like my mom - I always love how you said that I was the person you wished you looked like. 8. Thank you for always taking my calls. 9. Thank you for always reminding me what actually matters. 10. I love to read and learn and love because of you. 11. May every little girl have a mom who puts her happiness first, and values independence and self sufficiency over whether or not that little girl gets married. 12. May I one day be half the wife and mom you are - cause I’d call that a win. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you to the moon and back.
- 1. Whenever I hear the song, “you are my sunshine” I think of you singing that. 2. I love that you love to sing. Thank you for coming to every show. 3. I know you had guilt about going back to work when Gregory and I were little — but I wish you wouldn’t. We’ve always been so proud of you. 4. I love how every year you’d be one of the dance moms at my recitals. Thank you for that. 5. I wish everyone believed in the good in people as much as you do. 6. You’re still the smartest woman I know. 7. I always wished I had pretty blue eyes like my mom - I always love how you said that I was the person you wished you looked like. 8. Thank you for always taking my calls. 9. Thank you for always reminding me what actually matters. 10. I love to read and learn and love because of you. 11. May every little girl have a mom who puts her happiness first, and values independence and self sufficiency over whether or not that little girl gets married. 12. May I one day be half the wife and mom you are - cause I’d call that a win. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you to the moon and back.
- 1. Whenever I hear the song, “you are my sunshine” I think of you singing that. 2. I love that you love to sing. Thank you for coming to every show. 3. I know you had guilt about going back to work when Gregory and I were little — but I wish you wouldn’t. We’ve always been so proud of you. 4. I love how every year you’d be one of the dance moms at my recitals. Thank you for that. 5. I wish everyone believed in the good in people as much as you do. 6. You’re still the smartest woman I know. 7. I always wished I had pretty blue eyes like my mom - I always love how you said that I was the person you wished you looked like. 8. Thank you for always taking my calls. 9. Thank you for always reminding me what actually matters. 10. I love to read and learn and love because of you. 11. May every little girl have a mom who puts her happiness first, and values independence and self sufficiency over whether or not that little girl gets married. 12. May I one day be half the wife and mom you are - cause I’d call that a win. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you to the moon and back.
- Just two adults in their Ugly Christmas sweaters. 😍 Thank you from the bottom of my heart, @toddhuletproductions. Here’s to you, and to the cast of “The 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirée” - @hannahkloepfer @michaelcgioia @thebigfella @acaseofyou @sirblackalot @rrokicks @amandaflynnie @sturci @thatgracemclean @shaunicealexander @chlinka @sandraokuboyejo @lauren_elder @perksofbeingamollflower @aliciakrakauer and @zacharyxfrancis - you all are the twinkle lights in this crazy world. Thank you!
- Just two adults in their Ugly Christmas sweaters. 😍 Thank you from the bottom of my heart, @toddhuletproductions. Here’s to you, and to the cast of “The 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirée” - @hannahkloepfer @michaelcgioia @thebigfella @acaseofyou @sirblackalot @rrokicks @amandaflynnie @sturci @thatgracemclean @shaunicealexander @chlinka @sandraokuboyejo @lauren_elder @perksofbeingamollflower @aliciakrakauer and @zacharyxfrancis - you all are the twinkle lights in this crazy world. Thank you!
- Just two adults in their Ugly Christmas sweaters. 😍 Thank you from the bottom of my heart, @toddhuletproductions. Here’s to you, and to the cast of “The 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirée” - @hannahkloepfer @michaelcgioia @thebigfella @acaseofyou @sirblackalot @rrokicks @amandaflynnie @sturci @thatgracemclean @shaunicealexander @chlinka @sandraokuboyejo @lauren_elder @perksofbeingamollflower @aliciakrakauer and @zacharyxfrancis - you all are the twinkle lights in this crazy world. Thank you!
- Sometimes, it’s easy to get swept up in the tinsel and sparkle and gifts and grandeur that is Christmas, and forget about what this time of year is actually all about. @sarabarielles wrote one of the most beautiful Christmas songs I’ve ever heard that encapsulates this perfectly, and @sturci sings it beautifully, and all of the musical magic goodness happens on December 5th at @thegreenroom42. Come join us for this evening, and, remember that a portion of the proceeds will go to @covenanthouse.🎄// Link to purchase tickets is temporarily in my profile.
- Sometimes, it’s easy to get swept up in the tinsel and sparkle and gifts and grandeur that is Christmas, and forget about what this time of year is actually all about. @sarabarielles wrote one of the most beautiful Christmas songs I’ve ever heard that encapsulates this perfectly, and @sturci sings it beautifully, and all of the musical magic goodness happens on December 5th at @thegreenroom42. Come join us for this evening, and, remember that a portion of the proceeds will go to @covenanthouse.🎄// Link to purchase tickets is temporarily in my profile.
- Sometimes, it’s easy to get swept up in the tinsel and sparkle and gifts and grandeur that is Christmas, and forget about what this time of year is actually all about. @sarabarielles wrote one of the most beautiful Christmas songs I’ve ever heard that encapsulates this perfectly, and @sturci sings it beautifully, and all of the musical magic goodness happens on December 5th at @thegreenroom42. Come join us for this evening, and, remember that a portion of the proceeds will go to @covenanthouse.🎄// Link to purchase tickets is temporarily in my profile.

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