Opening night is magical. Everyone is excited and nervous and full of energy. Everything comes together with a heightened sense of urgency, and it becomes something more than what it's been at rehearsals. Last night was an incredible night. The cast was excited and determined to put on a great show, and I was surprised to walk into the dressing room and find everyone studying their lines. There was a lot of messing around, too, but that's the best part. Hanging out with the cast before the show is so much fun.
The performance was incredible. Everyone did great. The audience laughed and responded really well to the show. They cheered when the elves danced the "Jingle Bell". It was everything I love about live theatre. There is nothing like the rush of a good opening night.
Before the show I took a moment and went out on the stage behind the curtain. No one else was on stage, and I listened to the audience. I just stood there and took it in. There is that moment in every show when you have to let it go. It's not my show anymore. It belongs to the cast, and my job is done. I felt completely okay with that last night. I knew everyone was ready, and I knew the show would be great. I think being alone backstage with the murmur of voices on the other side of the curtain is a magical place. It's like being between two worlds. That's why I love theatre.
I also love theatre people. I've been really lucky this year. I've worked on some great shows, and I have met some great new theatre friends. I got to see some of my "Cabaret family" last night, and it was great. I really respect their talent, and I was very excited that they enjoyed the show. My kids were excited, too. They got to see their acting hero last night. So cute.
I'm really excited for the show tonight, but it's bittersweet. Two performances doesn't seem like enough, and I'll be sad to see the show end. It's been a lot of fun. On to the next project, but first one more night of Christmas magic.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.