I was just out of high school when I had The Dream. I don't mean I had a grandiose idea; I mean, I literally woke up from a vivid dream that changed my life.
I had a dream about a musical project, even though I wasn't a "musical" person at the time and I probably still am not one. I never forgot about this dream and it became an obsession over the years. Through college and into my working years I poked and prodded at this musical story, worked on it, put it away, took it out and examined it again.
Through a long series of events both fortunate and not-quite-so-fortunate, in 2008 I found myself in a position to be able to finally bring my project to life as a full-fledged musical theater piece that could be presented to a paying audience.
Yes, I was rather excited, and nervous too!
Through MORE events both fortunate and not-quite-so-fortunate my show came to life and was well received by enthusiastic audiences. Although the experience left me exhausted and hardly made me a millionaire (quite the opposite, in fact) I was able and eager to do another musical theater piece a couple years later.
These experiences taught me some things about projects of this kind...if you've ever considered putting on your own musical/showcase or are just curious to know what I learned, read on!