We performed at a very small venue in Pueblo, Colorado this evening. It is one of those theatres that is so small, in fact, we have to do the show without most of our set pieces and lighting. The show still goes on, just on a modern spectacle diet of sorts. Anyway, we try our hardest no matter what, but these shows are always interesting, challenging, and a barrel of laughs. And if these obsticles weren't enough, Pueblo happens to be the hometown of our director. So he, along with his entire family, were in the audience this evening expecting to see our very best anyway.
The funny thing is, tonight was a spectacular show. Most of our set was gone. The stage was dark. We had to move what set we had in pitch black most of the time. We changed entrances, blocking, and choreography on the fly to make up for lost or added space. Our costumes were in the basement while our dressing rooms were on 3rd and 4th floors. The wings were so tight we had nowhere to stand. And our drummer was in an entirely separate room than the rest of the pit orchestra. Even so, something magic happened this evening. Maybe it was because we knew things were going to be wonky that our focus was more intense than usual. Or maybe it was the fact that our director was watching and we wanted to give a good performance. But somehow we had a high energy, clean, exciting performance. The audience loved us from the start, our Tevye was having an obviously great night, and we fed off the energy of both. Even as little things started going awry, as they always will, we were never thrown. The show just kept getting better as the evening went on.
The best moment for me was at the curtain call. The first line of actors entered to bow, and the audience immediately rose to their feet. Now this has happened before, but not in quite some time. And maybe because of the hardships we faced to even bring the show here, or that the audience in our directors town loved it so much, but it made me happier than ever to be a part of this production. And hearing the crowd roar as Tevye took his bow was an experience I'll never forget. I just felt so honoured to be a part of something that touches people's hearts the way this does. No matter where we go, "Fiddler" seems to resonate with every kind of person. And having such a special night, feeling like we did our director proud, I went home remembering why I do this in the first place...Creating art to inspire the audience and myself. Tonight, I was inspired.
"Every now and again sometimes I get lost on the wind of a dream.
The air gets clean, and the seas get wide, and I can do anything.
The pain - it won't even cross my mind, and there's wonder in everything.
The ropes get loose. The chains unbind. And I can do Anything!" - MAE