I find that this time of year is one of my favourites as well as one that causes me a lot of anxiety. The upcoming festivities and performances are something I always look forward to, along with the time dedicated to it prior. Practices always get the place buzzing; you can't miss the energy when so many people pull together to accomplish something.
However there are always moments that you can feel everything pushing back. Anxiety happens, and it's how you deal with this anxiety that will determine how you feel about the pressure. Remember, we're all on the same team. Part of mastery is recognizing pressure for what is it- a tool you can use to become better. I'm reminded about Mr. Sands post about fight or flight and recognizing these are not the only two options.
I like the push. More specifically, I like seeing everyone grow from the push. Multiple late night practices have the ability to turn into sour experiences, but they also have the ability to turn us into a fine tuned, inspiring team. After the banquet every year everyone agrees that it was all worth the work and the time. So I promise you, it will be worth it to you in the end.
Make the choice to grow and thrive from the experience. You won't regret it.