Saturday, May 3, 2008

scary moments

me, as "the reporter" in our play
Me, with big hair and garish makeup, as "the reporter" in RCP's Run for Your Wife.

Last night's performance was filled with all sorts of nervous excitement, dread, worry, and joy. On Thursday, one of the cast members, Joe, was hospitalized for a blood clot in his leg. The doctors told him he was lucky he came in when he did, because he may have died over the weekend, it was that serious. 39 years old - how scary is that? Also in our cast is his twin sister and his wife. Needless to say, they were pretty freaked out and worried.

Everyone rallied around them with support, grateful that Joe was going to be all right. With Joe in the hospital, and Friday night's performance looming, the only option was to have our assistant director, Hal, play the part of Sgt. Porterhouse. He had to read from the script, since he didn't have the lines memorized. He put his script was in a little vinyl cover to make it more discreet, and since he played a detective, he was supposed to hold a pen and paper anyway.

There were a few fumbling moments onstage, a few dropped lines, and a bit of confusion, noticed mainly by those backstage who know the show so well. Overall, it went GREAT, and Hal really stepped up to save us all and let the show go on. Whew! Joe was released from the hospital last night, and plans to be onstage tonight. What a trooper.

I had a great turnout of coworkers who came to see the show, and even my boss showed up - he's never seen an RCP show in his life. They all had a great time, and one of them won the 50/50 raffle - $87.00.

Today I'm cleaning my house, since my parents are visiting tomorrow to see the matinee. Then I have to make cupcakes to be sold at the theater concession stand. I think a nice light blue frosting is in order - I haven't done blue before. Then I'll take the dogs out in the yard, and then maybe take a relaxing jacuzzi bath, before heading back to the theater and do it all again!

1 comment:

Genevieve said...

I'm glad Joe is alright. That was scary.

Congratulations on the show! And blue cupcakes. Yummy...