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I had no hesitations when I applied to be a blueREP parent. To be honest, I was excited at the prospect of being a mother figure to the young and eager beavers that joined blueREP. So when Roxci announced that I was one of the blueREP parents this year, I nearly died of happiness. I think that was probably me finding out I was pregnant with you newbies.

I don’t know if you heard about this, but usually there are batches called the ‘lemon’ batches – the batch that comes after the epic batch. I got into blueREP with a ‘lemon’ batch, because we were the batch after All Shook Up and a lot of them stayed active. I honestly didn’t believe in ‘lemon’ batches because I thought that so many of my castmates were talented and fabulous. To this day, some of the oldies you know came from the Rock n’ Rule batch. We’re not lemons at all. And of course, come Freakshow batch, I guess there was a stray thought in some people’s minds that you guys were going to be a lemon batch too. I admit that I thought about it, and I’m happy to say that I was wrong.

Never forget that you guys got into blueREP because firstly, you’re talented, and secondly, you’ve got heart. I’ve seen the Freakshow batch grow and I admit they’ve got heart too, but there’s something about the way you guys give to the production that touched me deeper than I realized. There’s something about the way you dedicate yourselves to your production and to each other that warmed me up all the way to my insides and reminded me of what it was like to have a family. I’m touched that you guys incorporated me in yours as one of your mommies, especially to the kids who call me ‘mama’ even if I’m not really your mom anyway.

I’m so blessed that I met each one of you, and I hope you remember that this really is just the beginning to your wonderful journey with blueREP. I am so proud of each one of you, watching you grow slowly into the amazing production that I gave a standing ovation for come closing night. I am glad that you guys persisted with blueREP, and I’m glad you guys came out of it together as a strong, united batch. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for loving blueREP and the people in it.

And sincerely, I love you guys. 🙂 Congratulations.