…are you ready for the week from Hades? Ready, steady…..kA-BLaM
Happens every year. Production week, I mean. For those not of the theater persuasion, it’s basically the week where everything comes together (and falls apart) in anticipation of opening on the weekend.
After auditions back in December, rehearsals beginning on MLK Day, my bizarre illness, snow days galore, mono and a horrible flu strain making their way through the cast, countless setbacks and other wonderful issues that honk me off so I won’t explain them out in fronta God and everyone…we’re opening in 5 days. So it begins.
I’ve been asked why I put myself (and my students) through this. Like many passions, only those who know, know. I’ve had people tell me — hundreds of times, actually — that they would die of heart failure if they had to get up in front of a crowd and perform. I can’t relate to that, I guess. There are those of us who absolutely live for that thrill. I know I always did. And now I get the chance to live it again, albeit vicariously.
I’m looking forward to seeing my students get the payoff for the work they’ve done. I know that I am not always pleasant to work with. Sometimes I’ve thought, “I wouldn’t blame them if they walked out.” I’m just glad they haven’t.
But hey…the week is young.