Tech week can be difficult. A lot can go wrong, and it can be easy to lose sight of just how very much has gone right.
Tonight’s first tech rehearsal was rife with mishaps and technical difficulties, but also rich with the culmination of many, many weeks of hard work. The set came together beautifully. Staging is working out as planned. And both shows are in really good shape.
But we’ve still got some problems to solve and lots of hard work to do before opening night — and beyond.
With that in mind, I just sent the following note to our cast and crew….
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Look at me — sending you a Bible verse during tech week!!
Let’s take a moment to remember that we’re all here because we love what we do. Every single person you encounter onstage, backstage, in the wings, in the booth, in the pit, and in the audience is here for love. Gilbert and Sullivan did it for love 146 years ago and, miracle of miracles, we’re still here; and still in love.
We must love it. Why else would we do it?
A character in the play I was just in spoke a resounding truth: “Love is always harder.”
It takes work to love. Hard work.
I encourage you to let the love for your craft push you to work ever more diligently toward perfection. Let the love drive you forward. In every note you sing, every line you speak, every step you take. Love the craft, love the hard work you’ve done, and love the moment you’re in.
And I encourage you to also let that love color every interaction you have with each other onstage and off. “Love is patient, love is kind… It always protects. always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
We are lucky, lucky people. And we have a long, yet fleeting week ahead of us. Work your asses off and love every moment of it.
“Love never fails.”