Former Variety kid Zack continues to hone his sound design/operation skills at the summer Shakespeare festivals in both St. Louis and Kansas City. Each of these assignments, like the one he has on the sound crew at Variety Children's Theatre, requires about a week of his time. Adding up to three weeks of the year his mom says "he is at his happiest."
Thinking of Zack's work, and the joy he finds in it, brings to mind these Shakespeare lines from "The Tempest":
Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices,
That if I then had waked after long sleep
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again.