Last night was closing night of my final production for Drama @ The Bay, a drama team I started four years ago. The production was done as a dinner theater, and our guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner plus a three act play. It was the most ambitious thing we've done so far, and sadly, it was the last. For me anyway. Since we are moving out of the country in 75 days, there will be no future productions to look forward to unless someone steps up to take over. It's one of those things that everyone really loves but doesn't want to be in charge of. For me, it's been the best way to put my theater education to good use while benefiting our local community and talent. Mainly it's just been incredibly satisfying to give people of all ages an outlet for their creativity and gifts, particularly people who were once drama nerds before they went on to become accountants or mommies.
Last night we tore down a set in one hour that took over a month to build and decorate. An hour after the last audience member was gone, our performance space was transformed from a dining facility and theater back into a generic hall. Which reminds me so much of what it is like when you have young kids in the house: you spend hours doing laundry and in a moment the laundry basket is full again. Or you take a weekend to give the living room an entire top to bottom refresher and in walks Thing 1 and Thing 2 and chaos and disorder are back in a flash. Oh well. It's fun while it lasts!
Thanks to every one of the talented and hardworking people I've had the privilege of working with over the past four years! And an extra special thanks to the handful of ladies who have helped the most by watching my two little monkeys during rehearsals so that I could do what I have done. What a fun ride it has been!