Every time I start a new show, I have a moment of pure panic. The moment I send the cast list, it hits me, and I have to stop and think, "Okay. I'm doing this again."
Every show is a gamble. You decide to create this production, and you plan. You advertise. You hope people show up. They do! (this time) You cast the show. You spend a long time fitting the actors to the roles and picturing your vision with these people. You start to rehearse. Things go well. Things don't go well. You get through it. The cast is incredible. The show is incredible. For a moment, you have had a part in creating something great. Then it's over. And the process begins again.
I love it. I love every bit of it. Even the things that don't go well. I enjoy the spontaneous problem-solving. I love creative collaboration. I love watching the show come together. Creating something out of an idea.
I just sent out the cast list for Merrily We Roll Along. I was hit with the double whammy of excitement and pure terror. Because anything can happen, and the show must go on. I'm really looking forward to this one. I absolutely love the music. I love the way the storyline is presented. I love the complex, flawed characters. It's going to be fun.
And the process begins again...
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.