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Connections through movies

Last weekend we watched one of my favourite comfort movies – You’ve Got Mail. I found connections to others’ emotions through movies. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen this movie, but I hadn’t watched it for a long time. I suppose it’s a good sign that I haven’t felt I “needed” a comfort movie for a long time and that I still I didn’t “need” the comfort from it now either.

I love the book shop that You’ve Got Mail is centred around, and I hate that it doesn’t get saved – but then it I guess that just makes it all the sweeter when the odds are overcome and the grand-daughter and grandson of the original Shop Around the Corner (letter writing) romance flick come together.

Connections through movies (about bookshops)
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Connecting with others’ emotions in movies

I’d forgotten about the whole connection to grief in the story. Every moment that Kathleen speaks of her mom takes me right to that place of heartache at the loss of my mom. Kathleen aways spoke of her mom with a lot of love and a little hope that she was doing enough to make her mother proud. Like Kathleen, I can’t help but think about how I am/am not doing great by mom and her memory… that I wish I were further along with my creative endeavours.

When my mom died, I wrote letters to her… and then wrote back to myself imagining what mom would have said if she were still here with me today. The first year was filled with all of those firsts that are experienced without a loved one. But as the years passed, there have been unexpected moments, and mostly the milestones and holidays that seem to bring on the overwhelming grief. It’s better than feeling consumed by it, but some days, it hits almost as hard as when we first lost her.

Processing emotions

As we watched this old favourite of mine, I found myself tearing up over small moments that I don’t recall ever having any affect on me in the past. Connections through movies have helped me at times. We often look for comfort from things that will distract us. For me sometimes what I really need is to be overcome by the emotions that have been fleeting.

Connecting with the hard feelings and actually experiencing them is the only way to really grow and experience further emotions, from sad and angry to joy and happiness.

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Connections in theatre

When I moved “back home” I had no idea that our local theatre would bring me the connections I needed. Shortly after my mom died I returned to the place I think of as my home town. I’d been away for fifteen years. It’s not where my family are from. But it’s the place I called

the longest – and kept returning to.

Making friends overcoming nerves

Moving to a small town as a single adult – with or without children – it is hard to make new connections. Lucky for me, my youngest daughter wanted to audition for a part in our local community theatre production of Annie. Being a new girl in town she was especially nervous – so I told her that I’d audition with her. We were both cast in our first theatre production and had such a fun time and made many new friends and connections.

I’ve always supported my girls’ ambitions, but I especially loved supporting their interests in performing. Whether it be singing, dancing, or acting, performing is such a great way to grow – in self confidence, self acceptance, and friendship.

Since we did that first show together, my girly has continued to do more theatre, dance and singing.

I’ve been back on stage but I became involved more backstage over the years. I have lifelong friends that I have performed with in highschool, and again since returning to theatre.

Growing through connections in theatre

The thing about community theatre is that every single person involved is growing and developing as each rehearsal passes by. It is not a just a figure of speech when it is said that there are no small parts, only small actors. Choruses are the key to fantastic musicals, and often the most fun part to be a part of. Crew, from backstage to set building and props to costumes and tech, are the backbone of a show.

Every show I’ve worked on has been so different, but one thing remains a constant – the friendships.

After spending 3-6 months together in the theatre– working hard, growing, and having fun, our connections become like a family. From musicals to drama, local cultural stories, to farces and classics, every one of those shows has at least one moment that stands out. And every one of those moments involves a connection to others.

Even more than the opportunity to create something in theatre, the connections with co-creators, the connections with the audience, and most importantly the connection with self is invaluable.

I can’t think of a better way to be connected in this world than working together as a team, taking an audience to a place they will only ever experience in THAT moment.

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