Nikki (Guest Post)

So our beautiful and talented stage manager Nikki posted this on her Facebook the other day and I feel like it is too wonderful not to share here.

I’m probably going to be much too shy to say this tonight. But it has been a long time since I have been surrounded by so many beautiful and amazing people at once. Titus has been an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, in the best of ways, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s over tonight.

I don’t know if it’s like this with every show you do (I know of the two others I have done, only one of them was), but it seems as if we have created a separate world. All of us invested ourselves so wholeheartedly in it and believed and cared so much for our characters that reality seemed to split, and something forged of the group as a whole was born. It was beautiful and it was horrible, and it was just what it needed to be. So much that (and maybe I should speak for myself here) it hardly mattered if anyone else liked it. Sure, it was a goal to take the audience into that universe, but for me it was understood that no matter how well we portrayed it, they could never be a part of it the way we were.

Even for me, someone who was on the fringes of the play, I was fully invested in every aspect of it. I wouldn’t have cared if I never appeared on stage- even while I was just observing and helping, I felt part of that energy. For me, one of the most satisfying parts of life is art. I am never happier than when I am involved in shaping emotion, bearing truth in new ways, and building worlds. And to see every single person so committed to all of these things was so refreshing to me.

I really don’t care how sentimental I sound. After these few months of absolute purpose, creation, and beauty, it would be nothing short of a crime not to make this known to the people who were responsible for it. I want to thank you all for welcoming me so warmly into your family. I love and have so much respect for every single one of you., which isn’t saying nearly enough. I hope this isn’t my last Prenzie experience, whether it be on the stage or behind the scenes.As for tonight, we’re going to give everyone one last glimpse into what we have brought into existence- like stinging bees on hottest summer’s day. And then we will have the memory of an experience that no one can ever take from us.

– Nikki

I was going to write a big long blog entry about how sad I am that this show is over, but I really can’t say it any better than Nikki already did.

This has been one of the best things. There’s no qualifier there. It is just…one of the best things.

And that is all to say about it.

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