As most of you know the cast of the musical performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Unfortunately, for me, Thursday was the only complete show. On Friday former teacher Mrs. Gould collapsed with about twenty minutes to go in the show and had to be brought to the hospital, as you probably know. Only a few of you know the reason why Saturday was not a complete show for me. I started feeling dizzy and sweating like crazy around fifteen minutes before the start of the show. I drank lots of water and had a cold rag on my forehead, but they did nothing. I told myself I was only tired and I could get through the show. I did the first scene and then i came downstairs because I was offstage. I got to sit there for a while and when my next scene came (actually I was going to be onstage for a while), I was confident I would do okay. But after around five minutes on stage I felt the awfully familiar feeling of nausea and I knew what was coming, though I didn't expect it. Luckily I was near the edge of the stage, so I slipped of without notice. I fell to my knees but forced myself up and ran down a short flight of stairs on my way outside. I didn't make it and I threw up my breakfast and lunch right in front of the door.
I knew all along that I wouldn't be able to go back on, but after throwing up I felt completely fine. I went downstairs again, which was empty because everybody was supposed to be onstage at that point. I watched Tad take my singing solo for me (pretty much on the spot too) and my dance partner dance alone. After that I went upstairs to clean up my mess to find that Mrs. Culp had already done so. She told me straight up that I should go home and sleep. Somebody found my parents and at intermission our entire family left. Both my dad and my sisters hadn't seen the play yet, so they never got to find out the killer or anything else, really. The car ride home I was nothing but exhausted, and I was in bed with a bucket on both sides within five minutes of getting home.
Even though for me the musical ended in a bit of a disappointment, I in no way regret doing it. The real experience came through the hours of rehearsal, getting to know people better than I ever thought I would (wait, you can have female friends?), and above all learning both how to be a better singer, dancer, and actor, but also learning a lesson applicable to almost everything: if you put a lot of effort into something, you will be rewarded.