If you’ve never been a part of a theater production…outside of high school or church, you really should. The bond that’s formed between the cast and crew, the personalities, the swapping of stories, jokes and memories like little kids swapping marbles or cards. Then there are the long rehearsals and the dread that it will never come together. It tightens us together like the deep grooves of a bolt twisting its edges onto the accepting embrace of its nut. Because that’s what we are. Nuts. Then, the music cues, the props are checked and rechecked, costumes donned, and lines given one more look over. In a flash, you’re bowing and scrambling to get to the changed to greet your friends and family.
I can’t explain it, really. You just need to do it.