The Countdown…5, 4, 3, 2,…”The Thick Chronicles”

Shireal Renee, Co-Creator/Director

Today is Monday January 23, 2012. “The Thick Chronicles” goes up in 5 days. This has been quite the journey. I’ve learned that sometimes life picks things for you. As much as I like to believe that I am in control of my own destiny there is a certain amount that I am not in control of. Or maybe I am, at least when it comes to making the decisions about a path I should go on or an opportunity I should take.

I will be the first to admit that I do not always make the right decisions but I definitely learn from the wrong ones. I don’t dwell on the past and I don’t let old circumstances affect my future. I keep an open mind and am not afraid to challenge myself. This is how the Director hat fell in my lap. Funny thing is I never saw myself as a director or even aspired to be one, yet when the opportunity presented itself I didn’t hesitate to take it.

Now that we are on the final legs of the show taking off I have to reflect on the journey. What a learning and growing experience. During the beginning phases of rehearsals I was also directing a play for my students at the Hartford Children’s Theater it was so funny because some of the same practices I was doing with my middle and high school students I was using on the adults in the show. I learned children and adults are really not that different. Adults actually have more excuses, children are more committed and in some aspects more passionate. Adults have a slightly longer attention span but children are more focused…LOL it’s a riot.

For me I have learned that I have to be more patient. And I have to grow emotions when it comes to business. I don’t know how much but maybe 1% will do. I found that I am two totally different people the “regular” me and the “business” me and the “business” me is tough as nails! Not like I didn’t know that before but never in this type of atmosphere.

Compassion is not one of my strong points but hey, I’m a work in progress. I’m also learning how to work with a team. I am very envious of people who have always had a team to support their dreams and ambitions. This is all new to me but it is worth the lesson. It is nice to have someone else to lean on and be responsible for things. I am so use to only having myself to get it done. Or having to pay people to support me then when the money runs out the people usually run out too.

Well, this is my story, my new role I’ve taken on. And the countdown to solidifying that role has begun. I am officially a professional Director. That’s kinda dope. Director of plays, director of business, director of people, director of my life! HOT! Ain’t no stopping me now!

Saturday January 24th @8pm & Sunday January 25th @5pm
Trinity on Main 69 Main St. New Britain CT
Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com

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