We do lots of crazy things for love or special treats. This can lead to wild and hectic schedules and the desire to finish that clone machine in the basement, but it is always worth it.
I know it always seems like we say “it’s a busy time at CP” but look at what’s been happening the last few weeks at your theatre. We took our one-act play “The Receptionist” to the Nebraska Association of Community Theatres state play festival. There we brought home two awards Outstanding Show, and Outstanding Actress (Elizabeth Claassen). This also means the show is moving on to the American Association of Community Theatre regional festival next month in Salina, Kansas.
On top of that we’ve been busy working on our next regular season show “The Boys Next Door”. There were several days when you could find two shows working away in the theatre, one in the auditorium and the other in the lobby. Trying to direct both shows at the same time is a bit of a juggling act, and I’m grateful to each show’s stage managers for taking charge of rehearsals when I need to tend to the other production.
Spring is generally a busy time for the theatre anyway as we get ready to launch the Season Ticket drive for next season. The Board and other members of the staff have been busy with planning, fundraising, and budget work for the upcoming season.
So why do we do so much? Especially when for 95% of those involved in CP, they are volunteering their time. There are lots of reasons that can be listed that sound good in a job interview or on a grant application ranging from giving something back to the community, to economic development, to needing to hear the sound of applause.
All those are good reasons, but the biggest reason is FUN. Even when working very hard on a show, dealing with deadlines and stressing about money the process of doing a show is incredibly fun.
“The Boys Next Door” provides a prime example. This is a show about individuals with intellectual challenges living their lives and the stress on those who dedicate their lives to their care. Sounds kind of heavy. But it’s not. Rehearsals have been filled with laughs and a parade of catch-phrases from the script like, “we have no trees,” “donuts, oh boy!” “it sups” and “I’m moving to Russia” that have worked their way into the cast and crew’s daily vocabulary and dominated our Facebook status updates.
Prior to “The Receptionist” performance at the NACT festival last weekend I reminded the cast that doing theatre is not about winning, awards or recognition. Doing theatre is about having fun doing something that we love, and doing it to the best of our abilities. If we happen to get rewarded with prizes or donuts along the way, then “oh boy!”
See you at the theatre!
Managing Artistic Director