Last night’s opening was a great success. It’s rare that one of our shows is seen by so few of our artistic associates prior to opening (this was primarily due to the holidays this time), but I really liked hearing how much everyone enjoyed the show with fresh eyes, and how they very rarely get that opportunity.
To be fair, I’d even only seen the show twice prior to opening. I also sat down front last night so that I could see it in a different way since I usually watch in the back during rehearsals to see the whole picture, make the actors less nervous and also make sure everyone can be heard.
Oh, there was a preview on line in the Trib today. Anyone know if it printed? To my knowledge, all three major local papers will review, which is a good thing.
Back to opening night reactions …
What an incredibly talented group of ladies was assembled on this show. I could go on and on about all three of the cast members: from Molly who has simply blossomed into a great talent (and about the most level-headed teenager I’ve ever met in my life), to Leah whom we are so glad to have back in town and on stage where she belongs in I think the most weighty role she’s had with Jobsite (and who bears a downright eery resemblance to Molly on stage), and the radiant Caroline Jett who you would never have any inkling of a clue that she’s only been with the show for the last two weeks. She’s a super-trooper, a pro among pros and a great talent.
All three of these ladies have worked with us before, but in every single case I feel like this show really shows off how talented they are, and what they are capable of as actors.
There also some pretty amazing ladies behind the scenes: directors Kari and Jaime who were assisted by Lori Shannon, and Karla Hartley who brought a warm, smart and extremely effective lighting design to the humble set I built.
If you miss this show, you’ll regret it. I assure you of that. It’s touching, it’s funny, it’s profound, it’s honest, it’s sensitive, it’s reassuring and it’s a joy to watch.
At 85 minutes with no intermission, you’ll be in and out. Make just a little bit of time, I promise it will be worth it.