JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

The post-show blues…

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Well, it’s been a week now since we ended our run of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, “Patience.” I had such a fabulous time singing the role of Patience! I wasn’t really sure how I felt about her in the very beginning. She has some dialogue that makes her come across as not especially smart. But the more I got into the character, the more I saw that she wasn’t stupid, she was just very naive to some of the things that go on in the world. Her naivete is a perfect trait to convey some fun comedic acting. It is very rare that I ever get to play a character who gets to be funny. Most of the ingenue roles are what can be called ‘straight characters’ – they pretty much just play it serious throughout the show. So I especially started enjoying the role when I realized I could really have fun with her – especially her interactions with the other characters. I finally got to play a part that got some laughs! So fun!

But even the really fun shows always come to an end. And we all scatter for the time being. Not only will I miss my show friends and family, but I will miss playing this really fun character in this really hilarious show. So I definitely got a dose of the post-show blues this past week. I was super emotional about everything and have just had an overall sad feeling.

But the quickest way to work through the post-show blues, is to throw yourself into something else. And sure enough, with caroling season getting underway, I will have no shortage of work to do. Add on top of that, I have my continued work on getting my audition arias in top form before I head to Europe in February.

One thing I can always say – I’m never bored!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

One thought on “The post-show blues…

  1. I hope you feel better this week, Jen!

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