While listening for the names of the eight people who would experience the trip of a lifetime to
"To have my name called, and know that I was going to experience this was just unreal," Seagraves said.
Seagraves, along with seven other educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country, were selected to work one-on-one with
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"Mrs. Gershon and I provide this good time -- but teaching experience -- for the teachers in
Gershon says he and Myrna attend the lessons with the teachers, and many times learn things themselves. They both love to see the professionals and teachers interact.
"Having something that you can come back with that is fun but also educational is a very big part," Gershon said.
Gershon compares theater to the sugar that makes the medicine go down. In life, education is like medicine, and theater is a way to sugarcoat it.
"It's a much easier way to teach lessons, and Brian has bought into that idea," Gershon said.
Seagraves describes the Gershons as amazing people, with talented friends in the industry, and stories that could light up a room.
"It was such an honor to be honored by them," Seagraves said. "That was their whole goal -- to make sure that the directors and teachers who were there felt important, felt honored and appreciated, which was just very humbling and inspiring all at the same time."
During the workshops he was able to get advice, ask questions and hear stories from Tony Award winners and nominees. The workshops were led by Tony Award-nominated composer and musical arranger
Seagraves was amazed that even great people of
Kraus also gave the eight educators tips and tricks of sound design, like making a microphone out of a coat hanger, or how to get sweat out of a microphone with distilled water and hanging the microphone upside down, or putting it in rice -- like you would a phone with liquid spilled on it.
"It was really great to be able to talk to people who were able to bring it down to a level of small-town theater," Seagraves said. "And, just because it's
Seagraves can't pinpoint one experience from his trip as his favorite. Instead, the entire trip was a once-in-alifetime experience, and something he will never forget.
Seagraves is back home and already putting tips and tricks from his trip to good use for his upcoming summer youth musical,
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