Growing up

This entry originally appeared on The Post ( on July 15, 2010.

From the glitz and glamor of the Tony Awards to the sweaty, grimy work of hauling props across New Jersey, life in New York City is anything but monotonous. With a new job at The Broadway Concierge and Ticket Center and rehearsals of Euripides’ “Alcestis,” my next stage management gig, every day is filled with foreign tourists “…wanting to see the Broadway” and actors chanting in iambic. Though life remains as crazy as ever, I find that every day brings its own joys and forms of entertainment.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Tonys, and it was easy to stay entertained. While the performers were on stage or Sean Hayes was cracking jokes, the laughs and excitement came easily. However, the real fun came during the commercial breaks while I watched celebrities interact with each other. As chance would have it, I enjoyed the pleasure of sitting next to Jonathan Groff during the majority of the evening, and to my delight, he welcomed conversation. We enjoyed casual chats about the Tonys, performing on Broadway and the joys of stage management.

Following the conclusion of the event, I made use of my new companion’s notoriety and followed closely in his and Lea Michelle’s wake until Angela Lansbury parted the seas and made her exit. It wasn’t until I left Radio City Music Hall and was sitting in the cab that I realized the full magnitude of the evening I had just experienced. After less than one year of living in New York, I sat in the second row at the Tony Awards amidst a slew of celebrities. From the comforts of rural Brookings to the daily insanities of city life, the journey over these past ten months has been filled with constant surprises.

Now, as summer wears on and friends take vacation in the city, I can’t help but feel a little older. Recently, my dear friend Ashley came for her first visit to NYC. Though she and I have spent years going on various adventures across the Midwest, nothing compares to stumbling around half-drunk through The Bronx at 2 a.m. While she visited, we enjoyed our usual routines of playing Uno and jamming out on Rockband, but when the time came for her to leave, it wasn’t the same as goodbyes in the past. Instead of knowing that we’d be reunited over the holidays, the future is a little more uncertain now.

As a New York City resident, I no longer have the luxury of traveling home for frequent visits. Conversely, as friends move away to start families, pursue careers or continue education, there are fewer people to see when I return to the rolling plains. Now, each farewell carries a tone of uncertainty with it as I part with my friends for what could be a very long time. Though the big Christmas holiday is still a reason for people to come together, time and distance will undoubtedly prevent some friends from returning to South Dakota.

However, with renewed vigor, I look forward to a journey back to the Midwest. Though there are going to be loads of friends for me to see and plenty of hugs to receive from my family, there will be some faces missing from the crowd. Despite the sorrow of not seeing old friends and family, I know that this branching out of my peers is a good thing. It means that other people are out there, working to pursue their dreams and bring a little bit of their experiences back to the Midwest.


~ by Geoffrey on 15 July 2010.

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