That sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you, as well as the student learning about recording. Are there opportunities for you to come in and practice on the theater's piano, so that you will be accustomed to it when you arrive to record?
Yes, and today is a busy day for me! They've scheduled 2 hours for me to practice on the theater stage piano and do the recordings (I'm planning to record 3 pieces if time permits).
My piano day will start earlier, however, when I will play 2 of my selections for a piano teacher at one of our well known music schools in Minneapolis. I got to know her a few years ago when her school began renting our theater for some of their community outreach programs. When she learned last year that I had decided to return to piano playing she offered to listen to me play when I felt ready to present something. She said that others had done it for her as she was developing her career. I called her two weeks ago to take her up on the offer.
Just last week the theater recording opportunity came about. The challenge, of course, is that both activities are happening on the same day! I feel confident that I'm up to it, however. The energy feels similar to my earlier years when I was a newspaper reporter having to juggle a lot of tasks while writing a breaking story on a tight publishing deadline. It's a little scary, yet it feels right!
I will let you know how my day goes.