Musical theater can tear at the heartstrings. The masterful songs dive deep into the heart. There is something about hearing the deep struggles we experience brought to the surface in song and story. Something safe about that. I may not be able to work it out so easily and smoothly in my own life – but I can send it out my ether message as I hear and see it (and play it) in a show, and let it glom on to what’s happening – resolving it just that much more by the hand of the writer who, in most instances, resolves it for the stage.

I herald the courage of actors who draw themselves into and through those moments. As I’ve witnessed in some of these college classes I’m playing for, sometimes the message overwhelms the messenger and touches too close to home for the moment. But then it’s done, and just a bit more healing has been woven through.