My play closed last night...a tremendous experience, BC fans. Tremendous! And may I say, very unexpected. You see, I wasn't even planning on auditioning. I read the script and found it interesting and thought it might be fun, I thought about it and thought about it and just couldn't make up my mind whether to do it or not. When would I have time? What about our house remodel?
I attended the auditions purely to watch and help out if needed...then I got sucked in. I thought, "Man...I could do this part, I bet." Once I got cast I was really excited to get to work. We had our first read through and I felt really good about the people in the show (I only knew 2 out of the 11 cast members!). During that first night, I remember thinking how much my sweet Grandmother would love this show...I came home and returned a call to my Mom. My Grandmother had passed away that very evening. I wanted the show to be great, and I dedicated my performance to her.
The rehearsals were SO much fun, I looked forward to them every night. Sometimes we would all bust up laughing on stage...good times. I came to know and love Heidi who played 'Mrs. Rogers'. We are kindreds! Ahh, I will miss our backstage shenanigans (she told me that I reminded her of Vera Ellen in 'White Christmas', how could I NOT love her?). I also feel very fortunate to have acted opposite my leading man, Jeff. This guy was stellar beyond belief - so completely talented and a solid guy through and through. I just adore him. Howard and Kathryn were amazing and the show they created will forever be one of my favorites.
This show was good for me, who would have thought? And I almost didn't audition! Just think what I would have missed out on. Meeting such great people and playing such a fun, wonderful part. Most of our performances were sold out! During the last show I found myself enjoying every moment. In the last scene Jeff and I hug and I may have hugged him a bit too tight. I came off stage and started to tear up (not that you're surprised since I cry at everything). Man, a huge experience. I loved every minute and I miss it so.
And dare I say it, my Grandmother would have been proud.