Tonight is opening night for the first show I’ve directed with the Prenzie Players. I’m nervous, excited, but most of all– I’m proud. This was a ridiculously quick rehearsal process with a LOT of snafus and problems, but at the end of the day, we are still putting on a show.
And I think it’s really good.
Granted, I’m biased, but at the same time, this show has been so much fun to direct because every actor brought their own ideas and characters to rehearsal each night. It’s really not MY show as a director, it’s OUR show as a group.
Last night, we stayed up much too late over beers at the Blue Cat and we were talking about Slings & Arrows. If you haven’t seen the show, I highly recommend that you watch it– it’s hard for me to say it’s my absolute favorite show, but damn if it doesn’t come close. There is a pivotal moment in the third season where everyone comes together to put on a show and they wind up doing it in some crappy gym and the show is absolute magic– and that’s what I love about theatre. And this show.
Sure, we’re not doing the show in a state-of-the-art facility with a giant lighting board and all of the costumes money can buy. But sometimes, you don’t need that. You just need an audience of people excited to be there and four amazing actors who bring incredibly hilarious things to the show each night.
And I’m proud that I got to be a part of this one. It was fast, crazy and ridiculous, but we did it. And that is awesome.