Parental Writes #39 – Bursting With Pride!

You know that moment when your kid does something really cool? Like everyone around you notices and you’re all “That’s my kid up there!!!” type of moments?

Yeah, that’s how I felt after watching Duncan’s show. The show is getting good reviews and great crowds. He is having an absolute blast doing it, making new friends, learning from a great artistic team, all the stuff that goes into a successful show or athletic team. In fact, he was asked if he might be available for another show for the choreographer. No word yet on whether or not that is happening, but it’s a really good connection for him! A lot of people say that a big part of working in the arts is “all about who you know”. I think it’s more than that. I think it’s “HOW you’re known”. If people enjoy working with you, they remember that when something becomes available.

One fun side note on this process (so far) – Just before rehearsals started, he was all anxious and nervous and said he didn’t want to do it! He didn’t want to miss basketball season. We told him he had already made the commitment to the show (“You made me audition! I didn’t even want to try out!!”).

After the first rehearsal he said “I want to try out for more professional shows! Can I try out for a Broadway show?!?”

He’s hooked.

At least for now…

That’s my boy.

–originally posted on Copyright 2015 by Paul Reyburn

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Paul Reyburn Paul has been an actor/director in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. His kid is really cool! He also writes the "Parental Writes" blog at
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