When several said goodbye to Brandon Bradshaw yesterday, some were on the stage doing exactly what Bradshaw taught them.
Bowling Green High School presented "Godspell" at the Capitol Arts Theater this weekend.
Godspell was a performance Bradshaw was supposed to attend.
"He would have been at all of my performances," says Allison Woodward, who called Bradshaw a friend.
Instead, as he was laid to rest, some who were influenced by Bradshaw were on stage performing and remembering what they learned from him.
"He's like a mentor to me and he got me interested in doing all of these shows all the time. If I didn't know Brandon, I wouldn't have cared so much," Woodward says.
"You have to get up there and you have to be confident, and he made that known," says Sarah Cohron, who was introduced to theater through Bradshaw.
Godspell was the first youth performance at the Capitol Arts Theater since Bradshaw directed "Little Women" last year.
While the teens prepared their heads to go on stage yesterday, their hearts were in a different place.
"I just felt like Brandon was one of the people who influenced me most when I was acting. So I just decided this one's for Brandon," Woodward says.
Bradshaw's death has brought the theater community together during hard times, and for kids who called him a mentor, he will always be remembered as they go on stage.
"I just hear his voice all the time, and it's comforting," Woodward says.
"I know so many of us in this cast have done musical work with Brandon and he helped set the foundation," Cohron says.
But, many are left in disbelief.
"I was just like he's going to be fine. I mean things like that happen and then he wasn't. It's kind of surreal. I'm not sure if its even hit me yet," Cohron says.
None of the students in Godspell were able to attend Bradshaw's Celebration of Life on Thursday since they were at dress rehearsal, but say this is what he would have wanted.