Dee Dee O'Connor
OnStage Washington State Columnist
It’s hard to believe that cue-to-cue is in two weeks. Where did the time go? It’s not that we won’t be ready because we will but time does fly when you’re enjoying yourself. The set is taking shape on schedule and is looking awesome, most of the props are ready, and the costumes are close to being done. My actors went off book last week and I was pleased with how well they did. In fact, I feel very good about how well everything is coming along. Certainly there is much more work to be done in the next two weeks but I’m not terribly stressed about it. I made a decision early on in this process to avoid getting stressed out as much as possible and to simply have fun. I have the utmost confidence in both my cast and crew that simultaneously reduces the stress level and pumps up the fun factor.
Still there are things that are worrisome that have nothing to do with my cast or crew. There’s the weather which has been cold and snowy this season. The forecast for the next few days is good but there’s always the chance we’ll be hit with another Northeaster that could make getting around town difficult. I’ve already had to cancel two rehearsals because of weather and I can’t afford to cancel any more. There’s also an unusually large flu epidemic in Bellingham right now. I don’t even want to think about the flu tearing through my cast and crew. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that.
No matter what though, the show will go on. Opening night will arrive and we’ll be playing before an audience. I find that weirdly comforting at this point in time. I can’t say how I’ll feel then, of course but for now, it’s all good.
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