Yesterday I described “The Frenzy” of our dress rehearsal and promised we’d do it all again tonight. But we didn’t. Not exactly
While those thousand independent and overlapping things were certainly happening again, tonight — our final dress rehearsal — was about as calm and un-frenzied as it could be. Everywhere I went before the run-through, folks were focused and quietly going about their business. Set pieces were being placed on the stage. Hair was being styled and make-up was being applied. Musicians were warming up. Costumes were being ironed. Actors were reviewing scenes and choreography. Everyone had a clearly defined job and everyone was doing their job as expected. Far from a frenzy, there was an energized hush about it all.
I almost felt extraneous.
Oh, there was a hitch or two. But the theater was filled with a calm certainty which tells me one thing — we’re ready for the kick in the pants that only you can give us!
Adrenaline, butterflies, stage-fright. That’s what we need. We need to stand in the wings listening to the anticipatory murmur of a crowd in the house. And then we need to bravely/anxiously step onto the stage as if for the very first time.
One of the oddities of theater is that it doesn’t really exist until it has an audience. Up until now we’ve had rehearsals and run-throughs, but not performances. Not theater.
That all changes tomorrow (actually today at this point).
It’s like that tree falling in the forest — does it make a sound if no one is there?
Preview Performance is today — Thursday, March 30 at 8 PM.