Well, I have made it through the toughest part of the month... having both shows Open and up and running. Spelling Bee is a resounding success so far with audiences leaving with aching ribs from laughing so hard. I have gotten so many wonderful comments from people on the show. I hope that you all find the time to make it out to the last part of the run (May 29th - June 1st). It's an extremely high caliber show in terms of the talent onstage and even if you are not a musical theatre fan, I dare you not to enjoy it. The script itself is so smart and sharp and funny. From what I have heard tickets are going fast for the remainder of the run so I would advise people to pick them up sooner rather than later. For me it's a weird feeling to be in the middle of a run but technically on a break from a show. I miss them all!
Last Night From Cradle to Stage opened on Walterdale's stage. All the pieces were in place and the shows themselves ran very smoothly. It was great to have an audience there reacting and laughing. I hadn't realized how funny the second show was until the audience came in. But to be honest, I was worrying about my set and props and other details of the production. The best thing for me was to see these brand new works up on our stage. Because one play was written by three playwrights, that meant we actually helped four young playwrights get their work onstage! It remains a point of pride for me that Walterdale continues to foster new, local playwrights in this way. The Festival just started and there are 5 more shows (we run to Saturday, May 25th) and for those of you who wanted to know more about playwriting, there is a Playwriting Workshop on Sunday, May 26th that is free to all Walterdale Members ($25 for anyone else and we throw in a membership!).
But the hardest part of this was getting to Opening Night. It's opened and it was well received and now I can relax a bit before Strike and the next Opening of Spelling Bee! I don't know if I will pile as much into one month again, but it is nice to know I can handle it!