|Emily as my costumer during Beauty and the Beast, circa 2006|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Savior of the World - Back to the Stage
So... as if I didn't have enough to do in my life, the North Park Stake (for the non-LDS, that is the group of about eight, 300 person congregations) decided to put on a Christmas production to commemorate the birth of the Savior called, "Savior of the World."
This play was written for the church by a group of LDS composers and playwrights and was debuted at the new conference center in Salt Lake City in 2000. We are only going to do the first act, which is all about the Savior's birth, and I decided on a whim that it'd been long enough since I performed - so I went and auditioned. I was surprised when I was double-cast as Joseph and realized that it would just add another layer to my already complicated life... Tonight, we had our first blocking rehearsal. It was fun to be reading lines again and it brought me way back to High School when I performed in Les Mis, Beauty and the Beast, and Big, to name a few.
Rehearsal was a blast and I've already started to feel the spiritual nature (and coincidence) of me playing Joseph, the earthly father of our Savior, right before I welcome our first son into the world. I only pray that I will be as good of a father to 'Bugaboo' (Emily's name of choice for the baby) as Joseph was to the Savior. I'm excited for this opportunity to be back on stage - it is a blessing to be able to do something I love.