It’s always changing. Shows come and go and, as much as that hurts sometimes (Tuck I’m looking at you), it’s also a good thing. Because when one show closes, another opens. You have your staples that will be (or seem to be) there forever, like Phantom and Wicked, and you have those shows that maybe their run isn’t as long as others, but they can impact people in major ways like Newsies and Next to Normal. You have the shows whose legacies live on like Les Mis and you have the shows whose legacy is only beginning, such as Dear Evan Hansen. Theatre is ever expanding and different and growing and I don’t know I’m just having a lot of theatre feels today.
some Concepts™ for your consideration because we don’t talk about holster’s piano playing nearly enough
he’s actually really good ?? he started taking lessons when he was 6 because his mom read somewhere that learning piano strengthens young children’s brains, helps them socially, gives them self-confidence, etc.
playing piano develops your coordination and spatial intelligence like nobody’s business and maybe it’s in his head but holster swears it helps him on the ice
he was offered a piano scholarship to samwell but took the hockey scholarship instead because A) when it came down to it, it was more important to him to continue hockey than piano and B) it paid more
he still messes around in the practice rooms sometimes when he has some free time and just wants to be alone for a bit. it’s nice to focus in on the music
he gots them Big Hands (not innuendo) so he’s really good at stretches (where you have to play across octaves or large intervals with one hand)
this also makes him a faster typer than ransom, much to ransom’s chagrin
he loves ragtime but hates jazz
in high school he would accompany the school musical every year so showtunes are a big part of his repertoire
one time freshman year, ransom walked in on him playing debussy on the piano in the lobby of their dorm and he froze just so he could hear the rest of the piece without holster stopping to talk to him
it was always really hard for him to practice growing up because of his ADHD, but he eventually trained himself to do two 15-minute intervals of practice time every day. he can’t do that anymore because of his much busier schedule, but he tries to sneak up to the music building every sunday
ransom surprises him with an slightly junky 1964 spinet piano for their 5th anniversary. holster cries and names her mabel and cares for her like a child
this leads to a noise complaint one night after he ends up yelling about “fucking liszt and his stupid fucking tremolos”
holster controls himself and ransom learns to have waffles at the ready on Liszt Days as a reward for his practicing. for Rachmaninoff Days, he goes all-out and makes a full breakfast-for-dinner feast
when he retires from the nhl, holster goes back to taking lessons and starts a youtube channel to keep up with his progress and ?? it gets really popular???
piano teachers love it because it helps them encourage their students who are forced into piano but love sports
ransom is so proud of his lorge husband and his strong hands and nimble fingers
(their kids are also forced into lessons because “IF I HAD TO SUFFER MY WAY THROUGH ‘SCALES, CHORDS, ARPEGGIOS AND CADENCES’ YOU WILL TOO”)