We performed this weekend. It was great. Really great. Unlike the previous shows I've done with my dear little community theatre, Sleepy Hollow was in the big theatre in town. Ohh boy. See, the little place we've performed before seats no more than...oh, 70ish people, if we're lucky. The Memorial, where we are now, seats one thousand. So that's super exciting and cool to have mics and more room and a legitimate backstage instead of...you know, a closet.
The play is a mash-up of the stories of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, and I think I've said this before, but it's quite hilarious, if I do say so myself. Not as creepy as most takes on it, definitely with a humorous side. I played Marta, a village girl, and I had all of two lines plus some singing and dancing, but as different as it was to be part of a 60-some-person cast with a tiny role, there were so many great times had. I made some fabulous friends/memories/inside jokes, and though it's a different kind of family than a 12-person cast, it's still my Sleepy Hollow family nonetheless.
Also, can I just say...it's so weird that it's over! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE. I've never performed over just one weekend before, and it all went so quickly. Craziness. It was a good weekend.
|I freakin' adore this child.|
On Friday, opening night, a good number of my friends showed up, which was just lovely of them even if some were super late (ahem), and my dear friend Mindy brought me flowers, and we all went out to Tim Horton's afterward. I get this thing I like to call a theatre high--yeah, I was pretty happy/hyper. Such a good night.
On Saturday I slept in, then my friend Rebekah got me free coffee, and then I headed out for our two performances that day. I'd never done a matinee before, but it was actually quite fun hanging out with everyone all day. We adventured to Wendy's for dinner (the men still in their stage make-up, much to the ladies' amusement) and back again, and really all three performances went off without a hitch!
After striking at the end of the last show (we had to transport everything from the big theatre back to the little one), all the young people in the cast left, but I wasn't ready to go home, so I went to Ruby Tuesdays (kind of an after-show tradition) with my director and her husband and our tech guy and our two leads and it was really really nice. I got to talk more with Tony, our lead as Ichabod Crane (and seriously such a hilarious and wonderful and talented guy), who started acting in his teens as well and has done community theatre ever since, and it was really encouraging because he's still heavily involved with theatre even with being married and having a baby, and ahhh that's just what I want to do with the rest of my life! (Best run-on sentence award?)
|Tony signing the leads' door|
Anyway, Sleepy Hollow is a wrap. I have another poster full of signatures hanging in my room and a bucketload of memories. Ready for the next show already.