Hot on the heels of our Black and Teal concert, I think it's fair to say that us Starlings are feeling the Starling pride even more than usual. In fact I think 'fair to say' is an understatement. I can pretty much speak for all of the Starling community when I say we are positively glowing with the stuff!
There is a unique feeling you get sharing the stage with such a tight-knit group of friends and fellow performers. Of course, we are proud of our hard work in preparing for and putting on the show but, in my opinion, the pride I feel is multiplied tenfold in the time after the show, or backstage, or in any moments where the bonds and friendships are really felt between us. It is in these times that I couldn't be more proud to call myself a Starling.
As an adult, it can seem harder to make the sorts of strong friendships we somewhat take for granted in our school and university years. But Starling Arts has given me the closest group of friends and genuine, meaningful relationships that I have made since school.
This extends far beyond what started as a weekly hobby. I spent 6 months travelling with my fellow Starling, George Woolfrey. I had one of the best weeks of my life road tripping with friends I would have never known if it weren't for Starling Arts. I geeked out at BroadwayCon in New York in true theatre nerd fashion alongside some of the only people I know as willing as me to be so openly geeky about musicals. I found a home within the Starling community - quite literally! But also in a much wider sense, I found my people here.
So, while 'Starling Pride' may mean one thing to some people, to me, it is the immense joy I get from being a small part of this incredible family. Like a lion's pride, it's this bond that I refer to when I use the title term.
I am immensely proud to be a part of this pride.
- Danielle, a proud Starling Singer for over 5 years.