When I was in High School, our drama class got to go to a 3 day acting convention called the "Theater Arts Conference". We went to various workshops, saw some plays and honed our 'craft'. Basically, we got to miss school and hang out with our friends whilst checking out boys from other High Schools. My friends and I dubbed this "The Festivention". I LOVED the Festivention, we had such a great time when we went.
Fast forward 15 years - Hailey asked me a few weeks ago if I would be willing to perform a musical with the Thrillionaires for the TAC. At first, I had no idea what the TAC stood for. I was just told that it would be a show for a bunch of High School students and that we would take some questions afterwards. Sounded fun! The show was at Weber State and Cody was able to come with me. Once we got there I asked Maclain, "Ok, what is this exactly?" When he started to explain it to me I realized that it was, indeed, the Festivention! Wha? I have come full circle - I am performing at the Festivention.
After our mic check we were told that there were hundreds of kids waiting to see our show and that once we hit the stage, it would feel like "when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show...". When they announced our names, we walked onto the stage to find about 500 kids cheering and screaming! It was CRAZY! I felt like a Beatle. I felt like Bon Jovi. I felt like a Rock Star. It was awesome. The theater was massive and it was packed. Our musical was hilarious and the kids were SO responsive - they laughed and clapped all the way through it. When we finished the show they gave us a standing ovation for about 3 minutes. No lie, it was the coolest thing ever!
We took some questions after the show and one kid asked me,
"What's your name?"
"Who are you married to?"
Uh, random. But since Cody was there, I replied..
"To that handsome FireFighter right over there!"
Cody stood up and waved as everybody cheered.
Then the boy said, "He's the luckiest guy in the world!"
How cute is that? We then told everyone that they could come up and ask us questions as they left the theater. My adoring fan shouted, "I love you, Julia!" and ran up to give me a hug. Cute. One girl asked if I was a professional singer, one asked if we went to college to learn how to improvise (wha?). These kids were completely blown away and it was so rad to have them come up and hug us or shake our hands - I was so touched by how appreciative they were.
Matt, Me, Maclain, Brigham and Bob after the show