Forget Worrying

We’re five days away from opening night and now I know — this kid’s got it.

During the performances, he won’t go off-script. When we talk about the importance of staying with his group/staying in his blocking spots, I know he gets it. 100%. It’s taken:

  • my belief in him
  • 2 teachers
  • 1 aide at rehearsals
  • 2 behavior therapists: 1 at rehearsals 2x a week, 1 masterminding a daily rewards strategy
  • 2 social stories
  • his grandma who made him pantaloons from thrift shop curtains
  • our amazing director who cast a special needs kid in the first place
  • the principal who made it possible — way back in August — by funding the aide

It’s taken a village? More like a small medieval farming community!

Characters! Dialogue! Scenes! Fairies! Pirates! I just can’t resist any of it.

We’re re-reading the script. It’s about our third time through, and he’s so into it. When it came home, it was like opening a Christmas present. Characters! Dialogue! Scenes! Fairies! Pirates! I just can’t resist any of it.

Now that he’s practiced his own scenes and watched the rest develop, he’s so alert to the reading. I can see the wheels turning in his head as he pictures it. I can almost see what he sees. I’m so happy for him. He’s so invested.

Tonight, the director will send his final email. The subject will be “Treasures of Neverland – Week 12!” It always comes on Sundays. I’m sure it will be “Full Cast” Monday – Thursday. Then Friday: opening night!

I can’t wait to hear about what makeup he should wear, what time to get him to school on performance nights and cast party info! I know, I’m goofy. Family & friends are coming. I love the whole process. It’s creativity at its finest, isn’t it?

My money’s on Jack, boy-o. To Neverland!

For me, I will walk into that auditorium on Friday & Saturday night, dressed for the occasion and feel Zen about it instead of being a nervous wreck with a handicap. I’m not apologizing. I will feel proud that my kid, with his energy and all he can do, made it happen. For himself. He did the work, he learned the lines.

My money’s on Jack, boy-o. To Neverland!

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