It could just be that I was really tired, but yesterday I felt very conflicted.
The show went wonderfully. My goal was to give the volunteer actors a wonderful experience and help them to come closer to God through the arts.
There were no fights, no divas. Everyone supported everyone and we had a great feeling among the cast members.
Thursday night's dress was off--but considering we weren't able to rehearse the show all week--that was to be expected. And they were nervous.
Friday night's opening was incredible.
I would prefer to give actors the confidence to move and shake their thing however they please. They moved and they shook--and I cracked up. Lysander and Demetrius added a Michael Jackson dance off to their fight. The fairies added a "Too Legit to Quit" rap section to the fairy dance. I just sat and howled with the rest of the audience. I was so happy that they finally took the show into their own hands.
Actors and the show--GREAT!!
Audience--not great. People didn't come and get their reserved seats. We had half houses when the tickets were sold out all three nights.
The 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency's opening speech went something like this: Let's remember the parable of the talents. Some of us have a lot of talents--and some in the show don't have very many talents--but we're here to support everyone.
As Jonathan--the guy playing Bottom--said later, "For a politician--he gave a pretty crappy speech."
I got comments like, "That was so much better than I expected!" What do you say to that?!
"Glad we didn't suck--like you thought we would!"
One girl came up to me yesterday at church and said, "I went and saw two shows yesterday, and I just want you to know that your show was better than the high schools show!"
Better than high school? Wow. I'm not sure what to do with that.
We had a great show. I'm just miffed that people were so surprised.
But, beyond their surprise--the real mood killer was when people came up said, "Congratulations! Bet you're glad it's finally over!" Translation--I didn't see it.
My response: "Yeah, it was great! Sorry you weren't there! Hope your team didn't get slaughtered!"
To my out of town friends, I am grateful for your phone calls and support about the show. I know you would have come if you could.
To my friends who were in town (within 15 minutes) and didn't come--you are poo heads and I fart in your general direction!