Yesterday we had previews for A Christmas Story – our first time in front of audiences. Huge audiences!
Our preview went extraordinarily well (what a talented bunch of people up there). Was nervous at first, but after a few stammers and uhs and ahs, started to get the reins and have a little fun with it. It’s all academic until the audience gets there. Then it becomes a human thing.
When the show ended, I was pretty exhausted. Wasn’t sure if I’d completely connected with the audience. It feels so strange up there – an intimate conversation, talking at the top of your voice at a group you can’t see! I got good feedback, though, so at least I’m on the right track. My favorite part of the show is the very end, which is really quite sweet. I would do the show 3 times a day just to get to that ending. I might collapse and die, of course, but with a smile on my face.
The evening preview went very well. Everybody really took our last rehearsals to heart and the show really took jumps.