There is an emotional and chemical high that happens during a performance. When the performance is done, you either descend into a low state (Post-Show Depression) or you find another show to work on.
Personally, I find it easier to just keep a constant arsenal of shows in progress. Over the past decade, I have managed to maneuver my work and my life so that everything revolves around the shows.
Teaching voice lessons facilitates my addiction to show biz quite nicely. The focus of my teaching is to train performers, so I provide my students with many opportunities to perform in a variety of environments.
We just finished our fifth annual year end showcase, which we call Bouquet, at the Prince George Playhouse. Having an afternoon as well as an evening performance was pretty cool, although an exhausting day for everyone involved. The showcase wound up my 2008-09 season of teaching and zapped my energy.
Still, what a rush!
Now I am producing a show for one of my talented students, Isaac Smeele. He is a songwriter and skilled musician. I love his music and he always puts on a great performance.
The show is this coming Sunday at ArtSpace above Books & Co. It's going to be great!
The rest of my time is going into rehearsals for The Who's Tommy with Judy Russell. This rock opera will run July 21 - August 1, 2009. The people in this cast are not only terrific singers and performers, but are just really fun, down-to-earth humans. I know I am going to be sad when this show is over.
Fortunately, a dozen of my students will be performing daily at the PGX from August 12-16, so that should keep the show biz buzz going.
Then we are into another season of Dawn Boudreau Music with more organization of performances, including a weekend in October with 3 or 4 performances at The Twisted Cork in their banquet room. (Formerly The Waddling Duck, under new ownership.)
Always looking forward to the next production with anticipation. If I get tired of it, I'll take a break. Don't worry, Mom!