Quote source: Sunrise from In the Heights
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When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?
Wow. This got me thinking really hard.
I suddenly realized that I take a lot of things for granted.
One thing is accepting compliments like people saying they’re proud of me.
Lately, I do remember most people are saying how they were proud of me that I crossed an item of my bucket list. Well, some of them didn’t even know I had a list but most people who know me knows that this was something I really wanted to do. And this is to be involved with musical theater.
Last year, I took the first (scary) steps.
I joined theater workshops.
Again, if you know me, you would know that:
– I am scared of the stage
– I hate public speaking
– I am a big introvert!
So imagine what the first few days of workshop were for me!
Little did I know that my fear would be overthrown by my passion for theater.
Getting to sing, perform on stage, and work with people as passionate as I am trumped all doubts I had.
My first summer workshop was the best summer I had in years!
It was so surreal that we couldn’t let go of each other even after months after the workshop.
Teachers were so inspiring.
Classmates were so helpful and supportive.
Getting to share with my friends and family the experience through the final showcase was doubly rewarding. And I am glad that even for those who weren’t able to go but have seen the pictures, messaged me to say that they were proud of me.
I am, too.
Here are some photos of the workshops I’ve attended.
What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?
One thing you should know about me is I am a drama queen (hence, the blog name).
I always have excessive emotional reactions to almost everything.
I get amazed easily. So imagine the experiences I had that count as surreal for me.
I cannot even categorize them anymore because I can be pleased very easily, especially when it comes to things I am passionate about.
So instead of talking about the most surreal experiences, I will be listing every surreal experience I can remember that left me in awe and still kept me wondering if it really actually happened.
1. Getting to see in the flesh the people I admire so much.
- Lin Manuel Miranda
Oh yes! He sat just rows behind us in the opening night of In the Heights Manila Rerun. Just knowing we were in the same timezone was already surreal for me, let alone being in the same room with him. Add to this that I get to see him so proud of the Manila cast for giving justice to his work was so touching. I just never got the nerve to approach him, though. But I have no regrets. Seeing him happy and proud was doubly enough.
- Miley Cyrus
Okay. You got me! I am a Miley fan. I’ve been a fan since her Hannah Montana days. Not only is she a great comedian, she really is a good performer. I don’t know what it is but I like her energy when performing. And, I was so lucky to have seen her perform live here in Manila! I was not disappointed. In fact, I became a fan even more.
- Our Vocal Teacher and Musical Director for Voice
There’s this local theater actor that I have grown to admire so much because he’s so talented (and cute. haha). I have seen him in a couple plays and every time he amazes me. One summer, I’ve gotten the chance to meet him and be his student for a workshop. And, oh my gosh! The whole summer was surreal. Just getting to see him would’ve been enough. But working with and learning from him is too much. I was in cloud nine the entire time. Basking in the air of genius is sort of wonderful.
2. Seeing my favorite musicals!
I am one big musical theater addict. One dream of mine is to actually be able to see a play in Broadway or West End. But for the meantime, I make do with watching local and touring productions (not that I’m saying that they’re no good because they really are amazing!). Some of these shows, I even had to fly to Singapore just to see them. My most surreal musical theater experiences were actually Wicked, Lion King, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera.
3. Visiting famous landmarks and tourist spots.
Travelling is one activity that you cannot replace or even describe in pictures and words the feeling of actually being there. No amount of words and photos can really fill the amazement and majesty of these iconic landmarks. These are just some of the places and things that left me in awe during my travels.
It’s beginning. So this is how it feels like.
My night just felt like a scene from the musical, Company, where I am Robert aka Bobby.
It started with an invitation from couple friends to go out to dinner with them.
Bobby, come on over for dinner!
We’ll be so glad to see you!
Bobby, come on over for dinner!
Just be the three of us,
Only the three of us–
We looooooooooooooooove you!
So I go:
Phone rings, Door chimes, In comes Company!
No strings, Good times, Room hums, Company!
Late nights, Quick bites, Party games,
Deep talks, Long walks, Telephone calls.
Thoughts shared, Souls bared, Private names,
All those Photos Up on the walls–“With love.”
“With love” filling the days, “With love” seventy ways,
“To Bobby with love”
From all those good and crazy people, my friends!
Those good and crazy people, my married friends!
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Well, okay. The couple that asked me out were not yet married, but they may be someday. Like my other couple friends that have.
This just got me thinking, my life will soon start to look like a Bridget Jones’ Diary movie if I finally reached the end scene of the musical.
ROBERT: Stop!…What do you get?
Someone to hold you too close,
Someone to hurt you too deep,
Someone to sit in your chair,
To ruin your sleep.
PAUL: That’s true, but there’s more to it than that.
SARAH: Is that all you think there is to it?
HARRY: You’ve got so many reasons for not being with someone, but
Robert, you haven’t got one good reason for being alone.
LARRY: Come on, you’re on to something, Bobby. You’re on to something.
Someone to need you too much,
Someone to know you too well,
Someone to pull you up short
And put you through hell.
DAVID: You see what you look for, you know.
JOANNE: You’re not a kid anymore, Robby. I don’t think you’ll ever
be a kid again, kiddo.
PETER: Hey, buddy, don’t be afraid it won’t be perfect. The only thing
to be afraid of really is that it won’t be.
JENNY: Don’t stop now. Keep going.
Someone you have to let in,
Someone whose feelings you spare,
Someone who, like it or not,
Will want you to share
A little, a lot.
SUSAN: And what does all that mean?
LARRY: Robert, how do you know so much about it when you’ve never
HARRY: It’s much better living it than looking at it, Robert.
PETER: Add ’em up, Bobby. Add ’em up.
Someone to crowd you with love,
Someone to force you to care,
Someone to make you come through,
Who’ll always be there,
As frightened as you
Of being alive, Being alive,
Being alive, Being alive.
AMY: Blow out the candles, Robert, and make a wish. Want something!
Somebody, hold me too close,
Somebody, hurt me too deep,
Somebody, sit in my chair
And ruin my sleep
And make me aware
Of being alive,
Somebody, need me too much,
Somebody, know me too well,
Somebody, pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive,
Make me alive.
Make me confused,
Mock me with praise,
Let me be used,
Vary my days.
But alone is alone, not alive.
Somebody, crowd me with love,
Somebody, force me to care,
Somebody, make me come through,
I’ll always be there,
As frightened as you,
To help us survive
Now, this would be a good thing since there will be a chance that a Mark Darcy will be waiting for me saying that he likes me just as I am (*kilig* sorry! Can’t help it! Colin Firth just popped up on my head! Haha). But what if, unlike Bobby, I won’t ever get to want what he realizes he wants? Scary. Even scarier, that I believe I’ve already accepted that it’s really not what I want. So what do I really want?
Anyway, for those who don’t know the musical, here are some videos from the 2011 Company (lots of familiar and unexpected faces. Find Mad Men’s Red! :P)
Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?
I sort of answered this in my post yesterday.
Books and DVDs.
But now that I think about it, I might add my collection of mugs and Playbills.
I am a self-professed bookworm. Give me a good book to read and a comfortable place where to read it, I’m all set. Ever since I started reading novels in grade school, I have started buying and collecting books. However, most of them are in my childhood home in Zamboanga. I’ve continued adding books to the collection when I started working but there is not much progress because books tend to be expensive. Plus, I’m starting to run out of room for them. Recently, I have opened myself to the idea of e-books and started buying them. But there is still no substitute for a book wherein you can smell and feel its pages. So hooray for physical books!
I get lost in the worlds of each movie and show I see that sometimes I would want to relive them again. This is why I never get tired of watching movies and shows over and over again. So I make it a point to have a copy at home for my viewing convenience.
Mugs from travel
When I got the chance of visiting other countries, I started the tradition of buying Starbucks demitasse mugs with the name of the city and country of where I got them. This is such an epic fail because I wasn’t able to find one in the only Starbucks we visited in Bangkok (so I got a tumbler with an original Thai design) and there are no Starbucks in Vietnam (so I got a regular-sized mug from CBTL instead). Anyway, they still became part of my small collection.
I don’t know why I haven’t thought of these in yesterday’s post. I am a HUGE musical theater geek. So I would definitely would want to save the souvenir programs I got from some of the plays I have seen in the past years. For some of these shows, I literally had to get my passport stamped to see! They were wonderful moments in my life that I would never ever forget. These musicals changed my life. 🙂
I just realized.
I write but I never read other blogs.
I follow few bloggers.
This must change.
Any suggestions of what good blogs to read/follow?
Somebody crowd me with love
Somebody force me to care
Somebody let me come through
I’ll always be there
As frightened as you to help us survive
Being alive, being alive.
Now I can say I have a favorite song. And this is it — Being Alive from Company. :’)
Anyone who knows me well also probably knows that my favorite quote is from a song from my favorite musical, “RENT”.
The heart may freeze or it can burn
The pain will ease if I can learn
There is no future. There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There’s only us. There’s only this
Forget regret or life is yours to miss
No other road. No other way.
No day but today
There’s only yes. Only tonight.
We must let go to know what’s right
No other course. No other way.
No day but today
I can’t control my destiny
I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be
There’s only now. There’s only here.
Give in to love or live in fear
No other path. No other way.
No day but today…
I’ve always wanted to live the Bohemian life — to not have to think of the future, to live for only today.
Unfortunately, reality makes it really hard for me (or anyone) to do this because of the social pressures of our capitalist society. For this, I admire the courage and strength of those who follow their heart to the point where they create their own path to happiness and own definition of success.
Also, one we really cannot escape are the duties and responsibilities we have to our family — to provide for them and to give them a better life. For this, I envy the rich. (haha)
Anyway, such is life. We still can live for today by being thankful of the blessings we receive everyday and by always seizing every moment — not taking anything for granted.