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There was excitement all over today, as it was a really big (and very long) day for me! It was my first day of student teaching, and it was also the night that we FINALLY got to see Aladdin on Broadway!!
So to start with, student teaching was great… The kids in this class are so sweet and polite, and I think it’s going to be a good placement working with them. I know that it’s going to be crazy, and I need to learn (and do) a lot during this placement, but I’m hoping that it’ll be fun at the same time. The school day is pretty long, and I can tell that this is going to wipe me out day to day, but I know that in five months it will all be worth it when I’m walking across that stage at graduation.
Tonight was even better than the day starting student teaching… We finally made it to NYC and got to see Aladdin!! It was phenomenal! The show was absolutely incredible, and I don’t have a single bad thing to say about it. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! It wasn’t just the Disney movie (which is one of my favorites, by the way), but there was so much more to the story, and the way everything was carried out was just beyond impressive. After the show, we hung out for (probably) over an hour to meet the stars.It was so exciting to meet Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and Don Darryl Rivera (Iago), and get to talk to them and take pictures with them. Plus, we also got to see James Monroe Iglehart (Tony Award winning Genie), who we met when he was in the show Memphis in 2012. My mom & her best friend were so excited to see him again because they completely fell in love with him when we last met him. He actually remembered talking to them back then, because my mom had told him that he was the breakout star of that show, and that he definitely had a Tony in his future, and he couldn’t believe anyone thought that about him. And here we are, three years later, and my mom was completely right about him. He also remembered tweets that I had sent to him on Sunday when we got iced out of the show, which was amazing! Overall, it was a completely magical night, and I’m so glad we finally got to go!
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