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Choosing the stage over the lacrosse field — FranklyStein

After going back and forth all fall and into the winter, my high school freshman, Adam, decided to give up lacrosse to try out for the musical.

Lacrosse has been his passion since he was 7, but he also loved his experience at theater camp the past few summers. He debated and debated about what to do but in the end, the musical won out. And he was happy with his decision — until the moment he walked into the auditorium for auditions. Then his anxiety kicked in with a vengeance.

I was headed to the dentist with the girls when I got the first text from him that day.

“I can’t do this, can you pick me up?”

For auditions, they had to go up on stage and sing a prepared song in front of everyone. He had prepared the song, but he wasn’t prepared for the nerves. I tried to encourage him to stay. I told him to sit in the back and just watch. Eventually, I told him to just hang out in the lobby and talk to the director when it was over. I figured he could dodge the singing tryouts and maybe be in the ensemble.

At the end, a friend from middle school pulled him down to talk to the director and he was told to come back the next day and sing after the dance tryouts. He fretted about it all night long. Suddenly, lacrosse seemed like the better option.

The next day, I waited for the texts to start and just before the tryouts were to begin, I got one.

“I’m nervous,” he said.

I tried to pass on some encouraging words and wished him luck. Then I waited, and waited. The time that tryouts were due to end came and went and there was no word from him. Then I just went to school and waited there.

When he finally emerged from auditions, he had a huge smile on his face. He’d done it. He sang his song in front of the director, producer, music director and everyone else who was still milling about. He survived, and it wasn’t too bad. He was so pleased with himself.JosephWaveW

A few days later, the cast list came out and he actually got a part — the youngest brother, Benjamin, in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” He was amazed.

Once rehearsals got going, he was hooked. While the lacrosse players were out shoveling snow off the field for practice, he was meeting lots of girls and attempting to learn intricate dance moves. It sounded like a big party every day after school.

The production was this past weekend, and it was phenomenal. There was an incredible amount of talent, and Adam hung right there with them. I could tell he enjoyed every second of it.

I’m so proud of him for so many reasons — for deciding to do the musical in the first place when all of his lacrosse friends were looking at him like he was crazy; for overcoming his fear and getting up on that stage to sing; and for the great job he did in the production.

The bonus in the end? He got asked to the prom — pretty cool for a little freshman. Probably not something that would have happened if he’d played lacrosse.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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