Hearts are racing. Nerves are jangled. The hours spent rehearsing are finally paying off.
The days spent acting for an empty rehearsal space are about to turn into days engaging with hundreds of children in the seats of the Imperial Theatre.
It’s almost show week.
The curtain will rise next week for 13 performances of Storyland Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel. For a couple of months now we’ve been rehearsing three days a week, memorizing lines, finding our characters, and learning how to sing (well, me at least).
There’s nothing quite like show week. A few days before the week begins you start getting antsy.
You know your lines. You know the blocking. Your costume fits.
You’re ready to stop rehearsing and unleash the show into the world.
I think I get so anxious to perform because it is what God made me to do.
You see, God created me in His own image. He created me as an image of the divine, a reflection of Himself.
As the ultimate Creator, one of the traits God passed down to me is the ability to create. He has created me to be a creator, not just a consumer.
I’m not trying to brag. What I’m saying is not unique about myself.
He created you in His own image, and everyone else on the earth. You, too, are a reflection of God.
You, too, are called to be a creator.
Not an actor? It’s OK. You still have a show week. You just may not realize it yet.
You might not be a performer or a vocalist or an artist, but you have been given a gift. You have something no one else in the world has – you know, the thing that makes you uniquely you.
Your purpose in this world is to find that voice and share it with the audience around you.
The world needs your voice. God wants you to share it. He would not have created you if He didn’t. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t write insignificant parts in His story.
When you take what you’re good at it, hone it, rehearse it, perfect it and release it to the world, that’s your show week.
The size of the stage or the power of the voice you have are not what matters. What matters is that you find your voice and hone it. What matters is that you step onto the stage and share it.
If sharing your voice with the world makes you nervous, well, it should. Having a case of the nerves means you’re really passionate about what you’re doing. That’s a good thing. But don’t let a little bit of nerves turn into stage fright.
It’s time to get things started. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time for you to stop hiding in the wings and step onto the stage. It’s time for you to stop just consuming what life has to offer and start creating something to give back to the world around you.
It’s show week. It’s your cue. The audience is waiting.
This is my show week. What is yours?
A version of this post originally appeared as a Guest Column for The Augusta Chronicle