Live Theater, Sickness, and the Broken Tooth that Never Was

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

See that photo? That is where The Music Man debuts this weekend. Last night was my first night backstage and I am tired but I love it. I LOVE being back there. I am on the prop team and getting those props to the kids when they need them can be nerve-wracking sometimes (like the time I had to do an army crawl to get a kid’s hat that dropped behind a set piece, or the time Dorothy from Wizard lost her Ruby Red slippers). Oh! The stories I could tell.

But, it’s been a rough week. I usually have a handle on it, but busy schedules and lack of sleep turn me into a crazy person. I blabbed about my woes  here, and on Facebook and I think I even bled a little over at Twitter, too. Because there is nothing worse than over planning and then getting blind sided by a curve ball that you didn’t see coming. When The Boy got sick right at the top of production week for The Music Man, I think I cried a little. BUT, he is getting better.


He is still lurching around and stuff, fighting a terrible headache and worried about coughing with a live mic attached to his head but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for all of your support, good thoughts and prayers. They worked! So far, The Girl is hanging in there too. Her first run through is tonight and shows start tomorrow. They are both really excited!

The other update I have for you that the tooth I thought was broken during my last procedure at the dentist, is in fact…not. It was a clump of bonding. Looked liked my tooth had broken off and it hurt because the alignment was off but nothing major  had to be done. Just a little bit drilling and polishing. I am good to go! PLUS, I lost ten lbs because of the tooth pain and stress. A nice bonus for being so miserable.

What am I reading? Not much. Too much going on but I am listening to The Shining for the #shineon read-along. I think King’s books are great but they are even more fun when read with a group and let me tell you, this is a fun group of people!

Well, that’s it for now. Maybe after this weekend I’ll have some good backstage stories to share. There are always a few…

17 thoughts on “Live Theater, Sickness, and the Broken Tooth that Never Was”

  1. What a stressful week. Having one’s child sick (and in the middle of performance stuff, no less) is tiring, but when your mouth hurts. YUCK. I am so glad it’s all coming together!

  2. There is never a dull moment in your house!! 😀 I hope The Boy feels almost if not 100% so that he doesn’t have to worry about the mic issue!!! Yay for the tooth!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

  3. I’ve been thinking about you guys and hoping things were looking up. That’s miserable with the boy being so sick and then you with a toothache on top of it. I don’t know how you do it.

  4. I am so glad that the boy is doing better, and will be able to go on with the play!! I also am glad that your tooth problem was a minor one, and that it was easily fixed. Losing 10 pounds isn’t anything to sneeze at either!! It sounds like things are looking up, Ti, and for that I am glad!!

  5. Hooray about the tooth. I am glad the boy is better – just keep in mind the danger of getting sick yourself once everything winds down and your body relaxes. Take care of yourself and enjoy every minute of the play.

  6. I’m so glad that your tooth is alright! Nothing hurts one more than a broken tooth. My brother broke two of his couple of months back after a seizure and I know how miserable that has made both him and me. So I’m glad you don’t have to go through that. I hope the show went great. Pictures!!

  7. Big relief about your tooth. I hope your pain is gone.
    It’s wonderful you enjoy the backstage prop work and I think its great that you’re so involved with your kid’s shows…thank you for the visual of you crawling around, you made me laugh.

    I hope the show went well for your son and is all better. And I hope your daughter had fun and also enjoyed herself.

    I wanted to join the Shining readalong but just couldn’t get to it. Hopefully the next Stephen King readalong….enjoy!

  8. As they say in show business, the “show must go on.” seems like your kids learned that early. Glad to hear the tooth wasn’t really broken … and you lost 10 lbs! Maybe I need to “break” a tooth too.

  9. I trust you all had had a wonderful time in the production, and that the prop dept. operated smoothly. Excited for you to have both kids in the musical. In no time you’ll be a Broadway mom. 😉

  10. Hope the show is going great and, most importantly, that you and the kids are having a great time with it! Glad to hear the tooth was nothing- you were due for some good news!

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