I had an interesting email this afternoon! I received an email from Josh, the director of a production of The Pillowman in Iowa City. It is an award winning, and very controversial play, by Martin McDonagh.
Saturday is the last performance of the play, and a young girl in the show cannot make the last performance. Well. Josh knows Chris, the director of Schoolhouse Rock Live! that Gillian is currently in rehearsals for, and Chris recommended Gillian to play the role in the last performance! Additionally, Josh saw Gillian perform in To Kill a Mockingbird last year. So, he emailed me and asked if I'd be willing to let Gillian perform in The Pillowman. Because it is a show intended for mature audiences because of language and some violence, Gillian won't see the rest of the show, only the part she is in. No lines, she just acts out a role as her story is narrated. And, it's just one night.
Gillian is excited to do it, and feels very honored that she was recommended for it. And I feel the same. She's gaining a reputation in Iowa City theatre circles, and I think that's exciting!