Helen...One Year Later...

Wow!  How time flies! 

Today we reunited with our Helen kids to celebrate our one-year anniversary since the show.  To be perfectly honest, I really didn't know how it was going to feel.

So how did I feel at our anniversary? 

I felt grateful.  And proud.  And pretty copasetic.

I mean, how often do you get to create a piece of art with a group of people who feel like family?  How often do you get to watch a group of talented young people grow up and grow before your eyes?  How often do you get to see a vision and a dream come to life? How often can you breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your show, something you put 150% of your heart and soul into, will have a life beyond it's initial production?

So how do I feel?  Grateful.

It seems appropriate that we [inadvertently] scheduled our reunion for the day of the Tony Awards.  It's a time when theatre is placed front and center and celebrated.  And that's how I felt at our anniversary. I felt like celebrating that we, in our tiny and humble way, have been a part of that theatrical spirit with our show.

While I've got your attention, check our the new Stamper and Kempskie website and see what we've been up to since Helen!  We've finished a new full-length musical, Robby won a MAC Award, we've started another new show (one song down, 11 more to go), we've got another musical for youngins' about vampires and werewolves underway, the school edition of Helen is published and already in the hands of drama teachers across the country (and in Canada!), and I'm working on an docudrama about mothers with author and educator Jan Valle. 

I won't lie.  It wasn't easy to pick ourselves up after Helen.  But, after some resting and some time, we pushed each other to jump back into the creative pool and get back to doing what we love to do:  Writing.

Onwards and upwards!