Hello, my friends!
I hope you all had a splendid Christmas and got to spend quality time with all those crazy people we call friends and family and eat too many cookies and sing in four-part harmony (more or less) about the miracle of Christ’s birth and maybe even enjoy some snow (we have TONS of it and it’s beautiful but also DRIVING in it is kind of a NIGHTMARE).
Now that Christmas is over though, we all know what is coming: 2022.
I should cease to be shocked by now when we come to the end of a year. But I haven’t. Oh well.
Let’s look back at 2021 and see what stories I enjoyed (or something like that) therein.
The Thief, The Wind Singer, The Promised Neverland vol. 10-20, The Home Ranch, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Unbroken, The Enigma Game, All the Crooked Saints, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Chosen, The Wingfeather Saga, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Scorpio Races, My Antonia, A Silent Voice vol. 1-4
The Two Princesses of Bamarre, The Giver, Code Name Verity, Harry Potter, A Monster Calls, A Wrinkle in Time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, A Monster in the Hollows
The Mandalorian (seasons 1-2), Erased, March Comes in Like a Lion, The Chosen (seasons 1-2), The Promised Neverland (season 2), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The North Avenue Irregulars, Flora and Ulysses, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, The Wind Rises, Arsenic and Old Lace, Love and Monsters, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Free Guy, Luca
I didn’t discover any great new Broadway shows this year, but I did aid in bringing a Broadway caliber show to my own community, which was a massive endeavor.
We did Jane Eyre, a Tony nominated musical. Did it turn out how the director originally envisioned? Not quite. Did we ever finish the set? Not technically. Did we go through two Brocklehurst understudies? Unfortunately. Was the production team on the verge of collapse for practically the entire time? Pretty much.
But was the show a success? Absolutely. In spite of many obstacles, a lot of amazing people put in the work to make the show spectacular, and the audiences loved it. We sold out almost every performance, and heard so much positive feedback. It was insane. We were able to share this truly powerful story with people in a way that we can be proud of.
At the moment I don’t know if I want to take on the role of music director again (not to be confused with overall artistic director which I have never done because it sounds horrifying), but at least I know I have done music directing for a show now. That counts for something.
(I’ll also have you know that being the cruel people we are, my family went home and brought up high school productions of Jane Eyre on YouTube to mock for our own amusement.)
Another year has come and gone. We are all a little older, and hopefully a little wiser for it. There are so many stories out there to discover, and so many I want to learn to tell. I guess we shall see what stories next year holds. Maybe I won’t complain about as many of them as I did this year…but I wouldn’t count on it.
What are some of your favorite stories from 2021? Are you as baffled as I am by the steady progression of time? What are you looking forward to in 2022? Happy New Year, everyone!