Well, the first weekend happened, and it was actually pretty awesome.
Despite a few disasters (which I actually didn’t freak out about), the show went up without a heeyotch.
My favorite part of the weekend, hands down, was the 7-year old who came on Saturday night. The cast adopted him as the unofficial mascot for the show and it was great to watch the actors PG-ify the show in the moment to protect his young innocence.
At intermission, he came to me nearly in tears and said
“You work here, right?”
I told him I did.
“Um, well, I went out into the parking lot to see if I could see them chasing him, but I didn’t see them. They’re going to come back right? Because if they chase him all the way to his house he might not want to come back”.
The magic of theatre. I love it.
All in all, I’m just really proud of the cast. We’ve worked really hard in a really short amount of time to pull this off, and we did it.
It’s been kind of a learning curve, too. First, it’s really weird directing adults. I’m used to high school and college students. It’s similar, but the small differences are what has made it interesting. There’s the swearing, first of all. And smoke breaks.
And working with non-majors– during the double run on Saturday, one of my actors kept asking me “We get to leave in between shows, right?” …Not in my world, you don’t.
Eventually, we decided to have a cook-out at my house in between the runs, which wound up being a nice break, but in the back of my head I felt like I was doing something sneaky by not being in the theatre.
It’s also getting me excited for my next chance to act. There is a part of me that really wants to do some balls-out tragic, weeping on the floor and crying to the heavens acting, which is strange, because normally I prefer more reserved stuff– but for a couple weeks now, I’ve had this urge to find some tragedy or something (somewhere) just so I can weep. Strange.
I’m less tense than I thought I would be. In fact, I’m actually kind of surprised at the level of low-key that I have adopted. Sure, we forgot the house money and realized it 10 minutes before house open. Sure, we never actually got all of the props finished.Sure, there are still parts where actors aren’t hitting their mark how I’d like them to.
But you know what?
It’s still a good show.