Seventy-Six Trombones

The lights dim and in the shadows I watch with anticipation as the actors take their places for the opening scene.  I'm here to see my best friend perform the lead of Marian in The Music Man. 

And maybe because I've been reading Brené Brown's Daring Greatly for the last few weeks and hosting events about vulnerability - I am deeply struck at how completely and utterly brave it is for each individual cast member to get up on stage and perform for us.