MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday afternoon

After going to bed a little after midnight, I sprang awake at 3:30 AM and remained so until time to feed the dogs at 7 AM. I opted to skip the London/Boston/Kettering ZoomFest to grab some sleep. I wrestled with actual sleep until Noon and I finally gave in and officially started the day.

Last evening, Mama Kay and I went to Laura’s to see her youngest son, Michael, and her granddaughter, Emily, in from North Carolina. We got another surprise when Jodi Harney, Laura and Michael’s step-sister, daughter of Janice Moore, came up to hug us. Jodi decided to swing up from Florida to join in on the fun. We went to El Torro’s new location at The Greene, the former Mimi’s. We returned to Laura’s for more chatter until 9:30 PM.

I begin teaching at 3:30 PM, and thanks to Rita, my sudden hole-filled schedule was compacted. Several students avoided telling me they were to be gone despite it being on The Studio’s calendar with reminders going out that I would be teaching today and tomorrow. I always continue teaching on Monday holidays and have for many years.

I have been practicing exercises for my left arm. During the festival at The Park, I did something to my upper arm or shoulder that resulted in a stiff shoulder with cold, tingling hands and fingers. The heating pad helps and I am continuing the exercises which also seem to help. I wish there were an easier way to grow older; however, these little physical kinks occurred when I was younger.

I am loving my work with the Boone Township writing project! That will be a focus this week, as well as an online writing conference featuring local author, Katrina Kittle. Friday evening, Laura and I will attend the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of Stephen Sondheim selections that will feature the amazing talent from Wright State University’s theatre department.

Muse Machine’s production, THE LITTLE MERMAID, brings down the curtain and I’m sure the students from throughout The Miami Valley, who have invested time, energy, traveling miles to and from rehearsals and performances are sad to see it end. Since 1992, I’ve consistently had students in lead roles, supporting roles, or understudies to the lead and supporting roles, as well as ensemble and orchestra. I admire the tremendous work that goes into the productions by both the youth and the adult leadership. Dayton is truly fortunate to have such a program to impact so many young artists in a variety of avenues.

It’s time to prep the studio and front room for students.

Make it a great day!

PHOTOS: One of my students, Isabel Rawlins, who played Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID; an overhead area of the new El Toro location at The Greene.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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