Well, it's finally out, the long awaited Nutcracker casting. We wait and wait and when it finally comes out we are either super excited (like me and Laura this year), satisfied, or sulky for a few weeks. I have been in pretty much every circumstance. But whether I am excited about my part or not, I try to keep a few things in mind.
- First of all, whatever I am cast as, God has me there for a reason. I know that He has a perfect plan for my life and no matter what happens He is in control. He knows what He is doing and most of the time I don't. (Rom. 8:28)
- Secondly, because I am there for a reason, I will use this opportunity to learn. This goes back to God's plan. In every circumstance, something can be learned. When I was Clara, I was so excited to get the part. But as I rehearsed it, I realized that I had so much more to learn. From that particular part, I learned how to be an artist more than a dancer and that has impacted my whole dancing life.
- The next thing I keep in mind is to do my best. One time, I was cast as an arabian attendant. Now, this was one of the parts that was last on my list of wanting. I was really upset for a while but then I made up my mind to be the best arabian attendant that I could be. I think that decision made the rest of my Nutcracker much more enjoyable. And besides, by always trying your best, you only get better. (Col. 3:23)
- And last but not least, I keep in mind to reflect the One who made me. This is the most important thing to keep in mind because I was made for His glory. I need to give back to Him what He has given to me. (Matt. 5:16)
Okay, so now that you're dying to know. I am going to be Snow Queen and Marzipan this year. I am so excited. And the cool thing is that Laura is the same thing–and she lives in a totally different state! So, stay tuned for more Nutcracker updates, there will be plenty.