Tipping point

The last “typical” kids’ show that I performed in was a summer production of Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat.  (In saying “typical,” I’m referring to kids who aren’t labeled as having “special needs”.)  That was just before I entered ninth grade   I was so incredibly sad when my parents and I talked and we all realized that being on stage, performing in musicals, wasn’t going to be a fun part of my life anymore.  My new issues were making me too unpredictable—I never could tell when I’d be able to perform really well the way I used to, versus when I’d have such problems that it might wreck the show for others.  Besides that, we all were realizing that the performance expectations at the high-school level were going to automatically exclude me—those fantastic productions at the school really didn’t have a place for someone different like me.

…during opening night, I was fabulous, but during the second show, things were really coming unglued for me…

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