March 19, 2016 – Opening Night

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.

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10 thoughts on “March 19, 2016 – Opening Night

  1. I remember the rehearsals and jitters of high school and college choir…it really does bring a group together when you have such focus (and deadlines to meet!). Great piece!

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  2. I so enjoyed reading this, I did theater in high school and then was away from it for decades. When my son was older I pursued it again-getting back onstage after 25 plus years. It is a wonderful experience and such a terrific community endeavor.

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  3. Loved your similes — little kids swapping marbles and cards & the groves of the bolt and the nut. Also liked the pithiness of your writing, ending with the challenge.

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  4. My sister and brother-in-law are active in theater in their hometown; and my sister shares your sentiments exactly. She loves it! Thanks for sharing this peek behind the curtains!

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  5. You’ve certainly captured the ties that bind productions. I remember from high school – nothing like opening night for sure. Now I just love going to our local theatre.

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