For about the past month, I have been fulfilling my Christian and Community Service (CSER) requirement by being an usher at my school’s theater. When I learned this summer that the first show would be “The Little Mermaid”, I was ecstatic! I knew that I would be having a slight case of post-Disney depression upon my return to campus, so being able to have some Disney magic in Lynchburg was going to be a dream come true!
The first night of ushering, which I purposely volunteered for opening night, my introvert side was fully on. I guess this just happens when I am in a new place and new “job” for the first time. I just wasn’t sure of what everything entailed. I was assigned to seating in the mezzanine, which was a great location (honestly there isn’t a bad seat in our theater)! I liked that I was sitting on my own so I could be fully immersed in the show. The minute the overture started to play I began to tear up. I have always loved the Broadway recording, so it was really cool that I was about to see the show live. I don’t think the smile or tears in the corner of my eyes left during the whole first act. I mouthed the words to the songs (and some of the lines as well) and it was one of the best nights I had in a long time. And the best part was, even after ushering the second, third, and even fourth times at the show, it never got old. I think it got actually got better. My other assignments during the other performances were passing out programs twice and then ticket scanning.
On my last night ushering for the show, it was nostalgic. I have loved being able to escape into this story every night. I grew to love characters and songs that I never have before, in particular “Les Poisson”. It was always a great laugh, cry, and joy being in the audience of this show.
Even after seeing it four times, it still felt like the first. I cannot put into words how much I have enjoyed the ushering CSER so far this semester. When I’m in a theater, the outside world just goes away for a little while and then I’m immediately part of this new world in an audience watching life unfold on a stage. And for a moment, reality fades, dreams come true, goodness prevails, and true love exists. So happy trails to Liberty’s The Little Mermaid cast!
Well done bringing Disney magic to Lynchburg!
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