Five months later….
The world shut down. And the show did not go on.
At first we optimistically postponed our production of “Patience” to August 7-9 (next weekend). But those dates proved to be far too soon as the pandemic continued to spread. Now there are tentative plans for a production in March, 2021.
“Patience” was to have been my last production with The Durham Savoyards. After eighteen years, and having directed the entire Gilbert & Sullvian canon, I’d decided it was time for someone else to take the helm.
After an exhaustive search, the Board of Governors enlisted a new Artistic Director, Melissa Dombrowski, to take over in 2021. So if a production in March 2021 is indeed in the cards, it will be under Melissa’s capable leadership.
Everyone is excited to welcome her onboard and I look forward to seeing her fresh perspective as she guides the company into the future.
If our August, 2020 show had gone on as planned, we’d have just wrapped up rehearsals and would be heading into tech week — the final days when we move into the theater, add in sets, lights, costumes, make-up, orchestra; and transform what was merely a dream into a theatrical reality. The Savoyards have several online events going on in the coming week to honor that process. You can find out more here.
It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I leave with many fond memories and proud accomplishments. And have nothing but high expectations and best wishes for Melissa and the Savoyards as they move forward.
In these months of shutdown I’ve spent many hours in the garden. And I’ve been struck anew by the miraculous cycle of all things. There is no stasis. A fresh blossom is often seen as the pinnacle of growth and a wilted flower is seen as the end. But they’re both just moments in a beautifully elaborate and never-ending process. Seeds will fall. Roots will push down into the earth. And a new season will unfold.