Stage Entry – Thursday Doors.

Welcome to Another Thursday Doors.

Sorry I’ve been rather intermittent lately. Life has been uber hectic what with school holidays and performances and I’m longing to put my feet up and relax.

Rowena & Amelia Coastquest

In so many ways, this week’s door is very ordinary. However, for the performers at Coast Quest, our regional dance eisteddfod, it was the point of no return where they embarked on the exhilarating thrill, or abject terror, of being on stage. For many of the dancers, it was probably a mixture of both.


Of course, this eisteddfod could have been anywhere. Held in any school or local hall where the stage has that worn out look of a bygone era and there’s no signs of the bells and whistles which come with performing at the likes of the Sydney Opera House.

Yet, these local competitions and performances have their place bringing the best local talent together and extending the dancers’ experience beyond the four walls of their studios. While they might not be the big time, they celebrate a moment in time or might even be a stepping stone. Moreover, for the doting audience, it means the world to see our dancers up there on stage. Indeed, we had a good group of supporters from the studio in the audience and there were cheers and applause as our dancers took to the stage. It was fantastic!

Of course, whenever my daughter competes, I naturally believe she’s the best. I’m absolutely dazzled by her performances. During her new lyrical solo, I even had goosebumps. That’s what it is to be Mum and it’s not my place to be critic. I’m simply her adoring fan. She did very well and naturally we’re very proud. However, quite aside from the results, it was the experience which mattered and it was also very helpful to receive the judges feedback. No doubt, this matches what her teachers have been saying. However, having those thoughts written down in a report by a judge also adds weight.

Tomorrow night, we’ll be off to see our son perform in the Scout & Guides Central Coast Gang Show. So, I’ll be returning with a different stage door next week.

Thursday Doors is hosted by Norm 2.0

What, if any, experiences do you have of stage door? I’d love to hear from you.

Best wishes,


9 thoughts on “Stage Entry – Thursday Doors.

  1. Rowena Post author

    That seems to be where I am these days as well. I’m sure I missed my calling as a theatrical great. I used to be such a drama queen. However, I’ve been put out of business by the rest of the family these days. I could pass as a rock.
    Best wishes,

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Norm. Proud and even transfigured. Last night we were off to see our son perform in the Scout’s Gang Show, which is entirely different to the type of thing our daughter does. It’s so funny with a bit of slapstick, quite a few cream pies , songs from Oliver and my favourite, the Greatest Showman. Yes. I photographed a few doors so you’ll be hearing more about that next week.
    Best wishes,

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Monika. She was amazing but its been so much hard work and the stress is pretty intense as well. I didn’t appreciate all of that before she took it up.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Kat. I do deserve a big well done. I spent about 2 hours last night sewing ribbons and elastic onto her pointe shoes. I kept looking around to see if the elves were going to come out and help me but alas no luck.
    It’s interesting how all these amazing achievements and beautiful costumes etc require so much work behind the scenes and the performer seemingly glides along like a swan displaying no effort at all. Meanwhile, Mum looks haggard.
    That said, I got my hair done and new glasses recently. Needed a reno before the birthday.

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