I didn't get a big part. I was just one of the many kids in the first scene. Yet, all of us extras had to stay until the curtain call at the end of the show. Because of questionable content in the second act, we were NOT allowed to watch the show. So we stayed outside in back playing board games at the picnic tables. We could hear the songs, though, and believe me, we learned them all!
My mother was great at encouraging people and building their talents. She certainly made sure I had songs prepared for any occasion and was right there to play for me any time I was asked to sing. And I wasn't the only one. She made herself available to help out anybody who needed her coaching help and accompanying support. She could make even those with slim talents look good.
How I miss her positive energy and immense talents! Happy Birthday, Mom!