Last weekend I got to see two plays: "On Golden Pond" performed at Civic Theatre and "Honkey" performed at Northampton Community College. My viewing of the productions were well timed. I watched them right after my post about brokenness. Though different in tone, message, and style, both of these plays are a great example of how powerful the exploration of brokenness on stage can be.Read More
It has been four weeks since the close of A Christmas Carol. At our cast party on the 17th we gave the donation to The Allentown Rescue Mission and announced our new total: over 17,600. That's a record for us. Jim Burns, the CEO of the Mission, cried and so did I.
As I ran into people over the holiday season many of them asked me 'How did the show go?' and 'How much did you raise?'. I've had the joy of being able to tell them how much God has raised through us. This year means more to me than in years past. As I've wondered why, I have found myself often thinking about how our little theatre doesn't deserve the privilege of accomplishing so much.Read More
Today, we are half way between our first weekend and our final weekend of shows. We had packed out audiences for most of our shows, giving us around 1,000 audience members. Due to the generosity of our patrons and the greatness of our God we are over our half-way mark of our goal, sitting at approximately $8,400, all of which will go to the Allentown Rescue Mission.
For those of you who weren't able to attend, there are still tickets available for this weekend, especially Thursday night. We hope that you are all able to attend this beautiful show. Of course, I am biased as the proud director of over seventy talented actors, but I believe I can say with confidence that this show is a wonderful way to start the holiday season.
Some reflections on the past week....
Theatre is hard. Theatre is glorious. Theatre is community.
As I leaned against the wall at the back of our current space, unable to sit down due to our packed out crowds, I absorbed the performance in exhausted wonder at the privilege that I have been given to wrestle with life's beauty and issues on stage. This doesn't happen in a vacuum. I collaborate with my actors, staff, and volunteers, often asking the near impossible from them with a smug smile because I am confident they can pull it off. They almost always do. I think I've been told 'no' twice in the twelve shows I've directed. This is because I work with amazing people who give, practically volunteer, their time to be able to bring my vision to fruition.
In between our Saturday night show and this Thursday night's show, I've been dragging myself out of bed to plug away at the other POTS work I must do, to catch up on house work, and just to do life. I think it may be the most exhausted I've been from a show, but I wouldn't trade the beauty or the community that comes with a theatrical life.