The lights go down, the crowd volume goes up, the emcee comes out and says something or other, the curtain rises, and suddenly I realize that my face hurts from smiling so much.
Later on in the evening, I looked over at Jason and said, "My anniversary is coming up." We were one act away from Kappa Omega Tau's show. In 1987, I played synth for the KOT act, my very first experience in Sing. So, twenty years. When the time came, I got up onto the piano stand (as in Baroque days, the pianist is the conductor), sighed a satisfied sigh, and thought, "Twenty years."
Twenty years ago I was nineteen. I've done this just a little over half my life. I've seen somewhere over three thousand five hundred curtainrises in performance. It never gets old.