May 2, 2011

A Different Kind of Therapy

As part of The Man's therapy for his alcoholism, he decided to audition for a show. He started doing theatre full time in high school and moved to New York City when he graduated to pursue a career. Once in NYC he worked as a technical director. He loved it but when he joined the Navy he wasn't able to do it anymore. As he was working through his sobriety he realized that it was something he needed to do again. So he checked out what was going to be produced and decided to audition for Sweeney Todd.

His main goal was just to audition. I was very excited when he got a call back. Unfortunately he wasn't able to go due to work but he was still cast as part of the chorus. The Man managed to make rehearsals work with his work schedule (with the ok from his command, though there were was a week or two where it looked like he wouldn't be able to be apart of it. Thankfully everything worked out!). February and March were filled with rehearsals. The show ran for the month of April. Yesterday (May 1) was the closing performance. I saw it 4 times over the course of the month and enjoyed it every time. Here are some photos that were taken during the final dress rehearsal by a friend of one of the cast members:

The whole company singing The Ballard of Sweeney Todd

Getting a shave

The opening of the second act
The beginning of the finale

 Someone in the audience secretly recorded the finale of the last show.  It's not the best but at least you can hear just fine!

I was (and am!) super proud of him.  I'm hoping that he can do another show when he's on shore duty!


  1. How cool! Glad he was able to make it all work.

    Have a blessed week :)

  2. This is really cool! I'm amazed he was able to do something like this while attached to a boat.

  3. This is awesome beyond words!!! I'm so glad that he was able to revive one of his passions! Doing so always does the soul some good.


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