From my first bite of Kansas City BBQ to the first ten minutes in the Antique Mall in Lawrence, my preconceived notions of what Kansas would look, smell or taste like were shattered. I fell in love with the huge hearts of Kristen's family members, the drive around Lake Quivira, the intense enthusiasm of the audiences whom Kristen and I performed for this past summer, and so many other small yet powerful experiences. To be able to return not to only Kansas City, but also to Garden City where Kristen is from is a huge honor.

What I look forward to the most is being able to perform again for one of the most loving and supportive audiences I've ever encountered. The ability to work with students who are just realizing their passions for the performing arts is just another overwhelming bonus to what I know will be an artistically enriching and personally fulfilling week.