When I was young, our small circle of friends and family was basically a modern-day “Little Rascal” bunch (this obviously dates me). The summers were filled with plays to entertain any human willing to watch our masterpiece performances.

My 1920’s detached garage was the best theatre on the block. Ok, so it was the ONLY theatre on the block!  Our small group of budding thespians would rehearse for hours, and we even had commercials. It was PURE JOY.  Since our parents benefited from a little time to themselves while we rehearsed, I’m sure they felt obligated to sit to watch our shenanigans, bless them for their patience and support.

Now let’s fast forward a couple of decades. My husband and I had the opportunity to watch our own children on stage in front of hundreds, not just a few neighborhood kids and parents. Theatre is such an amazing experience for children. For one, young actors have the unique opportunity to travel out of their comfort zones to a world of make-believe.  What child doesn’t want that!

The LONG rehearsals of blocking, memorizing, dancing, and singing always paid off as the actors raised their arms during curtain calls. No amount of money could replace the pride instilled in an actor when looking out from the stage absorbing the joyful applause. Indeed, there is a special magic to theatre. So now let’s turn to a different type of stage work.

Staging a home, in many ways, is like theatre except the principal character is an inanimate object, your home.  Sellers often cross their own comfort zones in order to transform their “home” into a showcased house for a large audience.  

If you are familiar with theatre, you know nothing can be accomplished without the dedication of good directors, a hard-working crew, and trained techies. Indeed, the behind-the-scenes members are crucial to pull off a successful outcome.

Meet the people needed for a successful showcase performance:

The Cast: The sellers, the crew, the techies (painters, carpet cleaners, electricians, etc.)

Directors: The realtor, stager, lender, and title company

Of course, one can’t have a great performance without a great script, enter the stager. A trained stager will provide an action plan that will walk the crew through every step to pull off an outstanding performance. The principal character, your home, must simply sit still until it is transformed. If a vacant stager is needed, they will provide all the “props” to take a home to a level worthy of an award!

In the end, in order to have a successful showcase performance, the cast and directors’ need to work in unison. A successful script and performance will most likely provide a monetary curtain call to be used toward “blocking” the next home.

I would have never predicted that my Little Rascal days would eventually come full circle. Imagination is a wonderful thing!

The above photo is of my children during their final curtain call performing, of all things, “Curtains”   

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