Thought for the day: Why didn’t I make more flattering photos of myself? Why must I be so goofy looking? Why must I be wearing unflattering clothes during photo-taking? Why must I grin so hard my neck cords lizard out? Why must my forehead butt show? Why didn’t I pose in a flattering pose as to make myself look better? Why did I sqrinch up my eyes like that? Why did I wear that sweater over that shirt-it looks stupid and makes me look thick in the middle when my waist is my smallest part?, other than my pea head, that is haw! Why why why don’t I ever take a decent photo when I’m not mugging and making a face and making myself look weird? Why why why? *sigh*
OPENING NIGHT was Friday! I tried to get in here yesterday to tell you all about it and MSN was being a Bee-otch and wouldn’t let me post.
First! A thanks to Rachel for filling in as sound person last night – she did a GREAT JOB! Whooohooo *clap clap*
Opening night my stomach was all a-twitter and jitter. All we girls were in the dressing room talking and laughing and putting on our make-up and costumes. I’ll say again that the camaraderie is one of the things I will miss. I felt such a part of something and that was cool as hell. Then, our director, Mark Jones, said, “You are one of us now…You are a natural…” and that made me feel so good. I did feel a part of everything—I felt as if I had something to offer.
Opening night audience was wonderful! First, it was a good-sized crowd, and second, they responded like a dream: laughing, sighing, responding, applauding, and at the end, standing ovation! As Act I progressed, I noticed my nervousness eased and I just did what I was supposed to do. I made a few goofs, but no one seemed to notice or care. Saturday night I didn’t make the same goofs and did smoother, and although I was still nervous, the nervousness didn’t linger. Saturday’s crowd was wonderful too, and we are getting more audience than expected for this time of year in the little mountain town.
Opening night had such energy to it; not that last night wasn’t full of energy, it’s just that opening night feels so magical and special. I’ll never forget it. The energy, excitement—all of it will remain locked in my memory.
Clementine got some laughs! And the funny thing is, those laughs came from “mistakes” in the scenes that came during rehearsal when I had to "ad-lib" and then just stuck because they seemed to work. First, the one where Clementine shakes her butt and does her jig in the revival was when during an earlier rehearsal, Jackie forgot to dance with Clementine, so she just made up her jig and Mark liked it, so it stayed—and people seem to like it, Haw! Then, the other thing is when Clementine scampers down the aisle to go out the doors of the theater with the rest of the townspeople; well, one rehearsal Clementine couldn’t see the bottom step and so was trying to get down and all the rest of the townspeople were way ahead of her, and I had to stay in character as Mark taught me, so she hurried down the aisle saying “wait up! I’ll wrang that bat boy’s neck I will…wait up y’all” and all this stuff, and again, the director liked it, so it stayed, HAW! And the audience liked it, haw haw haw. I guess I’m more of a ham than I thought I was – or Clementine is anyway.
By the way, Clementine will be back probably tomorrow. She’s at church right now, but MADE me tell you all she will be here later to say howdy.
The Opening Night went so well; everyone did such a dang good job. It was just as everyone said, that everything would somehow just work out—and I’ll be danged if that’s just what happened…near flawless! Afterward, there was food in the lobby, something they do for Opening Night. They always serve food that goes with the theme of the show—and for Bat Boy that was Fritos, BBQ, hushpuppies, etc. We changed out of our costumes on Opening Night and joined the audience to have wine, beer, whatever, and some food. Last night, I kept part of my costume on and went out to join any audience members who came to greet the actors—yes! We love that! If your theater has that, go back and greet the actors and tell them you enjoyed the show…we do like it (I said “we” haw!) From now on, I will do this, because now I understand it.
Oh! AND! I got flowers! First, my friends in Indiana sent me Break a Leg flowers, then Francis gave Charles and me a beautiful rose, then Roger came to the girl’s dressing room and brought my favorite flowers: sunflowers. I felt like a princess. The feeling of opening night, I can’t stress enough, is like none I’ve ever felt. It’s almost enough to make me want to give up the lonely life of writing, the life of rejection and feeling as if my writing is not making a difference, as if my writing isn’t …isn’t….I don’t know…but, I know I’d be unhappy if I didn’t write, still…I get the attraction to acting in theater…*grin* (PS – and I want to make the distinction that I mean my fiction writing or essay writing outside of this blog! For all of you have been more than supportive of my writing – you all have been wonderful – and I feel as if I DO make a difference when I read your comments about my writing and writing life – just so you know how I appreciate that – and that my disappointment is in other areas of my writing life! *smiling at all of you!*)
Opening night I had to really concentrate, at first, not to look at the audience, I tried instead to look at some point over everyone’s head – most numbers that was easy, but a few numbers I could see the audience in the front rows and I had to make sure I didn’t look at anyone—I succeeded, but a few times it was close! Last night, Saturday, it was much easier to ignore the audience. But, when we’d hear the audience laugh or make a sound or comment, it is joy joy joy to us – do not be afraid to respond! When we’re off stage listening to the acts we are not in and we hear the audience respond, we turn to look at each other with big arse grins…we are happy! Don’t hold back your enthusiasm! The audience actually is an Entity – yes…the audience is a part of the play, an energy, a force – you as the audience are more than you think – you aren’t just bodies sitting there – you are IMPORTANT to us! We’ve been waiting for you, needing you, wanting and desiring you.
Last night, Saturday, went great too. I heard several actors say “they weren’t feeling focused” but I thought everyone did a wonderful job. We were all a bit tired, and the break for the next few days before the next performances next weekend will give us some needed rest to re-charge.
I will say again – please support your theater. Go to the plays. Laugh, respond, sigh, cry, applaud, give the actors your love and support. They(we!) work harder than you may realize. I know I didn’t realize—oh, I knew they worked hard, but how hard, how much time and effort and love and intensity I could never understand until I was there myself. At the end of the performance as we are standing there and then exit, then come back on in stages to ready for our “bow” – we see all your faces out there and we hope that we have pleased you, entertained you, made you love us. Show us your love.
Theater Word of the Day: Standing Ovation: of which we received Opening Night and Saturday Night…wheeeee!
A review will come out on Wednesday….eek! Hope it goes well!
An article on Bat Boy: Take 5 Asheville