Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cinderella 🎭 🎼

Being part of the "Cinderella" cast at Spiritual Twist Productions in the Raleigh, North Carolina area has been a highlight of my year thus far. I almost didn't go to auditions and wasn't sure I would be able to make the time commitment.

Then with Bumma's unexpected passing in April, it felt like an inconvenient time to be a part of a play. I see now though that God knew it would be a positive and uplifting thing for me to be involved in, especially because it's been a difficult season with other things going on as well. He knew I would need the fellowship, something to focus on, and the reminders of the themes found in the play. I'm clinging to these truths... that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He grants us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). And when we face trials of many kinds, we are to count it ALL as joy (James 1:2), knowing He promises to work ALL things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

I've looked forward to each rehearsal and have enjoyed the time getting to know the cast and laughing and learning with them. It's also been interesting and has given me an all new appreciation for everything that goes into putting together one of the STP plays: the costumes, set, makeup, music, dancing, sound, lights, etc. I had been in an American Girl play as a child and was involved in Drama in high-school, but STP is truly special in that it's Christ-centered. My family and friends who came to see "Cinderella" were seriously blown away by how talented everyone is and how well-done it was.

My friend Lindy and I met in Colorado in the Fall of 2011 at Ellerslie. Out of all semesters we could have gone to, we went to the same one and discovered we live in the same area of the country. She told me all about STP while we were there and introduced me to the plays in early 2012. I've been hooked ever since! STP is a gem of Raleigh! If Lily were here, I'd want to sign her up. It makes my heart very sad that I can't. My sister-in-law Kala and I go to as many of the plays as possible together. It was a neat experience to be on this side of a play this time. It made it even more special that Lindy and I were able to be in one together and that she was Cinderella!

I played a mouse named Daisy, sticking with the flower theme in my life. :) It was special too since daisies were Bumma's favorite flower. I think we animals had the most fun of anyone. ;)

I am thankful for the friends and family who were able to make it to the play! One couple who are friends celebrated their Anniversary by seeing "Cinderella." My friend's adorable 4-year-old daughter came dressed as a princess and kept yelling my name each time I came on stage. Too cute! Kiddos asked for photos afterwards and for us to sign their programs. It was adorable.

It was fun for my family to see it brought to life after hearing me talk about it for months. I will be getting the DVD of the play and I know some of you have expressed interest in seeing it that way. Let me know if you'd like to! I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous this year, so this was one of the ways I've done that. πŸ˜„ ❤️ πŸ­ 🐱 🐢 🎭 🎼 

Cinderella's animal friends

This is my "twin" Oopsie... Oopsie Daisy :)

Daisy and Cinderella

My friend Ashley gave me this in honor of being in the play :)


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