In March of 2013, some wonderful friends and I put on a stage adaptation of That Thing You Do!, a film written and directed by Tom Hanks. We had $500, a tiny converted-swimming-pool theater, little-to-no acting experience, but a lot of sass and soul.
The story of TTYD! means a lot to me. We weren't rich growing up, and a VHS tape was a luxury purchase for my mom, a graduate student at the time. Together, we watched the movie so many times that to this day, I know every line and every lyric.
After the show wrapped, I wrote Tom Hanks a letter thanking him for his story and music. I recently got this letter from him in the mail and what can I say except – joy for the sake of joy. #allmyonlydreams