This weekend we performed Annie for the last time. It was a wild ride all summer - double cast of orphans = really noisy rehearsals, a dog that pulled through for us at the last minute, all sorts of drama on stage and off and it all equaled more fun than I could possibly put into words.
Saying good-by to this show was strange for me in a lot of ways. For the first time, I wasn't sad when it was over. I really think I felt a lot of guilt over that. I should have been sad. After all, Andrew and Molly played the leads, Matt finally joined the chorus, I got much closer to friends, and I love actually putting these shows together. Why didn't I cry at the end?
I now think it is because I know - this isn't the end. When Sound of Music ended, I worried they would never let me do this again. When The Music Man ended, I worried I would never speak to all those new friends again. Now, with two years under my belt - I know that I will do this again and my friends will be there for me when I do.
Now that I have said this, double-casting Annie (and the orphans) brought many challenges that I don't think I will ever want to live through again - and both Annies/sets of orphans were wonderful! BUT - my Molly as Annie - it truly made my heart sing to be able to give her that experience. The first night she was Annie - she was SO nervous, I wanted to be sick for her. But, two or three scenes in she found her way and immediately everyone in the audience knew - this kid was having a good time. By her third night on-stage, she was unstoppable. I really couldn't have been any prouder of her. I am so glad I could be a part of it.
Now that it is all over, I really do hope to be posting more. Talk soon!