A critical one, I’m afraid, but the writer walked away from the night enjoying himself, nonetheless, and praising the gusto and heart of our little community production. I chuckled at what could be a stretch to find something nice to say about us, but it really did warm my heart: “The company’s exuberance and commitment filled the space with energy,” he wrote, and he’s right. “I couldn’t find anyone doing it halfway.” In other words, Wellll, they tried really hard, and good on ’em. (Thank you.)
I appreciated the author, too, because he was very thorough and thoughtful, and because his findings are precisely how I feel about our show’s weaknesses. For whatever reason, they chose to do these cheesy-ass projections behind us on set. I finally watched them Saturday before the show, and they’re worse than I could have imagined. Awful! So distracting, awkward, and embarrassing.
(Oh, and the face I complained about weeks ago is up there larger than life. Not even one smiling shot of Adelaide to introduce her. Just that bitter, angry mug of aged disappointment, haha! That was so dumb on the part of production. “Angrier!” the photographer commanded. It’s so ugly and out of character. Duh.)
I also have been sincerely annoyed by our choreographer, bless him. While I do appreciate his demand that we Level Up, he also has to choreograph to the group’s ability. It’s so disjointed and glaring. Some are dancers, and some are not. You blend. That’s your job. But his ego required this frenetic, intricate stuff that some simply can’t do, and it looks out of balance and amateur. I can, but barely. I’m OoooooLD. And man! My feet are starting to scream.
(I get to wear my beloved patent-leather red stilettos for 5 minutes in the closing scene. I will pay for this.)
Finally, the performances. He liked us, though we don’t “overflow with triple threats.” (Ouch!) He said that my choices “told a million tales in subtext,” which I really appreciated! I always wanted to play Adelaide’s sincerity. She’s a caricature; that’s why she’s fun. But she’s a real girl with a broken heart. I love her.
I love our amateur production. I love my castmates. I’m glad I have time left to appreciate and enjoy our show and my new friends. Hell Week is hell. I try always to keep that in perspective, but ours, as I mentioned, was the worst I’ve ever experienced. I was pissed.
I was also moving, having a nervous breakdown, and being terrorized in a tag-team effort by my ex-boyfriend and his new, mean bride (whom he dated for 5 weeks) while still renting a room in the home I once shared with a man with whom I was trying to have a baby. Oh, and motherhood slipped me by. That answer is known at last, at 44. I’m no one’s mommy. Ever.
I forgive myself for losing perspective.
It’s back now. I’m looking forward with some hope and joy.