Measure Your Life in Love

Last night was probably like the coolest and best night/day of this whole year. And I totally wish I was exaggerating because that would mean the last year has been uberly lame-o (HA), but I am totally not.

Amity High School put on the play “Rent”, which as those who have seen it know,  is the best and most epic play ever written! And for those who don’t here is a quick summary:
1. It’s an update of (perhaps the 4th best musical ever and best opera ever written) ‘La Boheme‘.
2. It’s about a group of friends living in New York City. Some of them live in this kind of warehouse/apartment building and through really weird circumstances all meet and become friends (basically…). They battle AIDS, paying the rent, and learning that their lease on life may not be as long as they believe.  As these elements test the characters such as betraying friends, protests, questions of faithfulness, drug abuse, and time try to tear them apart (oh this is sounding so melodramatic!). 
3. It is a musical, and the music is so epic.
4. I just cannot describe how epic it is. The music will make you laugh and cry. I can’t really describe the plot because it is so…EVERYTHING, that it’s pretty hard to describe. Basically, rent ‘Rent’ and you won’t regret it. And this whole numbering system isn’t working out too good for me. 
Anyway, these kids at the high school put on “Rent”, which is basically taking on the mother tiger of all musicals, and I just don’t have words to describe how infinitely awesome it was. They had this energy and chemistry that was absolutely phenomenal, and they were totally believable. You forgot that these were sophomores, juniors, senior. You forgot that Mimi didn’t really have AIDS, that Angel wasn’t really dying, and that they weren’t all in New York City, Bohemian-ing it up. It just blew my mind how fricken awesome they were! I can’t even put into words that kind of energy, only that I’ve seen a lot of plays and this one tops them all! OH! Annnnddd on top of all that, they had such INCREDIBLE voices, equally as good as the original Rent-ers! Aww soooo good!
After the show, I got to MEET THE CAST! I mean OMG right?? And they were the coolest people ever,  so friendly and genuine. They told me that they were singing for me (OMG), and I ‘inspired’ them, which obviously shocked the hell out of me, and humbled me greatly! I mean THESE kids were MY inspiration! I was totally honored to meet them…it was just incredible, their kindness and energy. It was totally unbelievable. I was so happy afterwards, even though I was so tired and hurt so much from clapping (I know, LAME!). I was happier than I have been in a year, probably more. 
And the BESSSTTEST part is…I GET TO GO AGAIN TONIGHT! I know right, you all are so jealous! 
If anyone from Amity High ‘Rent’ cast reads this, please know that you’ve shook up my world, and given me new reasons to push forward and get better! Your passion and talent is most righteous. Thank you for rocking out! Peace it!

3 Comments on Measure Your Life in Love

  1. Jake Honig
    April 6, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Hi Nicole!

    My name is Jake Honig and I played “Gordon” in the life support group at Amity High School’s production of Rent.

    I think I can speak on behalf of the entire cast when I say that I loved this blog post. We were so privileged to put on a performance that could affect someone the way it affected you. If it took four months of grueling rehearsals to make one person feel the way you did…then it was more than worth it.

    We really did perform for you that night. Your presence brought out an energy in all of us that I had never seen before, and I know it was because you were there.

    I’m so proud to be part of an incredibly talented ensemble that could make your stay in Connecticut as terrific as possible. I’m a college-bound senior now, trying to soak in the best memories of high school, and that show was truly one of them. Not only did we affect you, but you affected us. That night, our cast got so close and we were so sad to see our show close on Saturday night.

    Once again, thank you so much for coming. We were honored, privileged, and truly touched to have you in our audience.

    Love, Jake

    Please try to keep in touch! If you have a facebook account, please please please friend all of us!

  2. vee wolanin
    April 6, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hey Nicole!

    My names Vee, and I was the stage manager of RENT. Although I feel like Jake summed it all up well, I wanted to say that we are so honored that you came to our play and enjoyed it so much, we really did it for you, both nights! and they had never been better. It felt really great to know that after working so long on this we touched at least one person. Thank you for the affect you had on us as a cast, you really gave us the energy to make the play that much better. It was so nice to meet you and your mom and we all really hope you stay in touch with us and let us know whats going on!

    And again as Jake said, if you have a facebook, friend us! 🙂

  3. Lisa
    April 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    OMG Nicole!!!

    that’s crazy cool! like ridiculously hardcore, outta this world awesome!!!

    btw this is Lisa from Victoria, not a cast member! whoa i know i’ve always heard you talking about Rent! ok now i have to see this movie!

    to the cast if you happen to be reading this! thank you thank you thank you forever and on! as you know Nicole has had a pretty rough year! thank you for making her happy again! we haven’t seen her happy in a long time!

    if you have photos, please e-mail me them Nicole! u’ve got my address! love you so much and i’m over the moon to hear you’re having fun again!

    love ya babe! miss ya!

    ~ Lisa


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