The two most valuable experiences I have had by being a part of this tour are the chance to perform for children of multiple ages and to work in a tightly knit ensemble. This isn't the first children's show I have done, but it is arguably the most rewarding. It is my first time getting to visit these children in their schools rather than having them come to us, which I think provides a much more engaging and provocative experience -- both for myself as a performer and the children as an audience. Nothing is more thrilling than seeing the children pour into the space and having the chance with the set up of this show to engage them before we put on our hats as performers. These little moments before each show -- whether it's a high five, a handshake, a good morning, or even an exchanging of names -- really cement for me how much of a blessing it is that we get to perform for such bright, inspiring, and wonderful people. There came a time where I realized I no longer wanted to perform the show for myself (i.e., with the focus being on my own performance), but rather for the children. I wanted to share with them this beautiful thing we call theatre and inspire them through the morals of the story and the engagements we make with them to grow as people.
On top of that, I have had an amazing time bonding with the best cast in my theatre experience thus far. After being exposed to large casts upwards of thirty people and small casts down of just two, it is interesting to be in a five person show that places equal importance on each role. There are no "walk on" parts, no small jobs. The show truly lends itself to a fully engaged cast and ensemble, and as a result, I have never felt more connected to my fellow actors outside of the show, and consequently more truthful in the performance of the show. It has truly been an eye-opening experience all around.