Being A Stage Mom
posted by: Maureen Alfiero
It is hard to believe that six years have gone by since bringing my daughter to her first performing arts workshop. I remember both the excitement and apprehension in both of us. As I handed her off to the director of the program, I voiced my concern about her shyness and never doing this before. I was assured that I would be pleasantly surprised by the end of the program. “She will blossom.” I was told. Well, that was an understatement. My daughter thrived. She couldn’t get enough. Her excitement spilled over to my son who became involved at the age of 5 and also loves the whole theater atmosphere. From then on I was able to proudly call myself a stage-mom. A badge I proudly wear.
Being a stage-mom can be tiring, I must admit. The constant traveling, dropping and picking up, costume hunting, helping with lines, but, it has also been the most rewarding experience for all of us. I wouldn’t change a moment. We have learned so much through the theater. Who knew that we would be able to build our own backdrop, or turn an old robe into the perfect costume? I actually impressed myself once or twice. Through all these experiences, what makes me so pleased is that we did it all together. Theater was something that we, as a family, could share.
Sharing our theatrical journey is something I look forward to in future blogs. I hope that you visit again to read a new post, whether from me or from a guest blogger. It is all about sharing, learning, and accepting new challenges that help us grow – throughout life and through our art.