Monday, August 25, 2008

A Dead Dream

If you could change your identity right now, who would you be?

I would be on Broadway.

Growing up, I used to go into my parents' room, close the door, turn off the lights, turn on my dad's desk lamp and reposition it as a spotlight on myself in the mirror... and perform! I was known only as Meili. One word, like Madonna, Cher, or Moses. I was ever-so-humble about my incredible fame, and my audience adored me.

4 Years Old

Nothing can move me as deeply or bring me to tears as quickly as a fantastic performance. I cried all the way through Les Miz, beginning with Work Song ("Look down"). I was sitting next to my good friend Nick, and I'm sure he were wishing he could have switched seats with someone in the very back of the balcony, rather than endure my constant sniffling and nose-sleeve-wiping. And of course, the tears flowed during Defying Gravity when I saw Wicked with my fabulous grandparents. That Elphaba, man! She's just looking for some justice in this cruel world! Someone give her a break! Just this weekend, I saw my little brother-in-law Aaron perform in a Youtheatre production of Footloose in Park City. The girl who sang Holding Out for a Hero made the tears flow again, which I tried to hide from my man, who was sitting next to me. I mean, it's not a sad song, or even a song of triumph. It's just a fun, show off song. And show off she did! I cried for two reasons. One was that her talent truly overwhelmed me. And two was that I wished it were me singing on that stage!

So again, I pose the question: Who would you be if you could be anyone? What would you do if you could instantly acquire the necessary skills, connections, and cojones?

10 comments:

Bundy Family said...

I share the same desire. I grew up wanting to be apart of a musical like Greese or South Pacific. I was so bummbed out to find out that High School Musical 2 was filmed in St George and I could have been apart of it. My cousin was an extra in the final scene and he so did not share the wealth. I too cry when I go to performances. I'm excited to see Les Miserables at Tuacahn in a month, but I hear it isn't as good as the performance at the Capital Theatre a couple years ago.

Emily Ortiz said...

I don't wish this anymore, but when I was little I wanted to be famous. I was in a couple little commercials when I was a kid and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I felt so special and just ate up the attention. Funny!

Jill Johnson said...

What? Isn't the 4th of July production good enough for you? Just kidding. I loved Wicked. I cried all the way through too. I still cry when I think about it.

Bretzing Fam said...

I just want different hair....is that too much to ask?.....but when I was a kid an olympic gold medal was the coolest thing ever and I was going to get one! Oh wait thats still me, I am taking up table tenis when I get around to it!

Angie said...

Meili I had no idea you were a broadway baby like me! I totally dream of being on broadway and I share you same emotions watching plays, I always wish I were involved with things like that!

Trevor and Christa said...

I cry in anything related to music. Plays, not so much. You have that beautiful pregnancy glow by the way. When are you due??

Sarah Garner said...

I wanted to be a movie star. I would make up little plays all the time and act them out. Did I say plays? Actually they were probably more like soap operas. I would prance around in my shorts and use my unit belt (remember THOSE?!) As a tiny little tube top, because that's what movie stars wear. My boyfriend was Neil Diamond and I always imagined that photogs were following me documenting every step I took.

Megan said...

I would be kind of like Martha Stewart. Of course I'd be better than her because I wouldn't go to jail.

Brit said...

hard to answer; I was never one to hold on to a dream long enough. They always changed. Gymnast, synchronized swimmer, ballerina...I think I went though all the usual little girl things (though maybe I'm alone in my dream of synchronized swimming....)

Quela said...

I would be an Olympic medalist in anything really. Preferably a softball player, but figure skating or swimming, or snowboarding, or curling.

But really, I guess I wish I was just rich! doesn't matter how. Hard work, or dumb luck, either way. Life would just be so much easier if I had some money to play around with.

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