The other fantastic thing about this play is that I get to work with two more of my beautiful daughters, Lilli and Hannah. They are both very talented. They are developing into powerful performers. I hope I get to see them on stage for many years. Actually, I'd love to see Hannah in the up coming Les Mis at Pentacle Theater. :)
I already said how Kimber has been there for me and for the show. I'm going to miss her on my next show. (pout).
Robert and I think so much alike when it comes to directing. We compliment each others strengthens well. I love working with him in this capacity. He was very busy with CET and a few others things so he wasn't able to come to every rehearsal. However, when he did he gave mt 100%. Even better, he took care of all the yucky confrontational stuff... firing an actor, other actor issues, scenes I couldn't get to, paper work, and the like. I am so looking forward to working with him in December-March on Les Mis! I really am looking forward to possibly directing him in my next production... You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, next summer.
Megan has a stunning voice. She put up with me in so many ways... in voice lessons to on stage. She is an actress with heart. I love that about her. Most of all I love that she is like family. I love watching her rise and soar in her art. It's like watching one of my own kids take flight and succeed. I am so blessed that she and I finally connected. I chuckle to myself that I've known her 17 years but it has only been in the past few years that we have come to realize that we should be doing more together!
Jeff is not only an exceptional performer who has allowed me to push him hard to reach emotional depths. He is one of my greatest friends. When he should be concentrating on his performance as Archibald, he is my sounding board, stand in vocal director, light hang monkey, personal shopper, and go to guy. I love this guy! It is rare to find someone that can be that true of a friend. (although I have to admit it is possible that he means more to me than I do to him. I don't care about that. I only care that he is always there when I need him and I need that in a friend). His performance in Secret Garden is moving. I am so glad I was able to see him soar like this. His talent takes my breath away. I've got to direct more shows just so I can cast him!
Here is what John had to say about the trip:
We packed up everything as if we were ready to leave, except left the tent standing and and put all our gear into it except our daypacks. That way we could come back to the tent for shelter if needed.
We took our lunch and our poles and went around the north side of the lake for the first time. We saw that there are many more good campsites, and many of them were occupied. We debated (each other) about how far to go. I wanted to get clear around to the east end. We didn't make it to the northeast corner, but close. We found a place which might be interesting to fish. And got out where we could see the sky and found that it was beginning to look threatening. And we found that Lilli’s sandals had come loose and were not on her daypack where they should be. We prayed to find them, and between that and the weather, decided not to fish but to return to camp.
This lasted a minute or two. As it moved off to the west we could hear the thunderous sound of the hail mixed with the thunder of lightning. It sounded like a thousand horses running through the forest. There was a convenient intermission where we went out and picked up some giant hailstones and got some great pictures. Then some sprinkles started, so we got back in. Then a “regular” hail storm came and nearly buried the big hail stones. That was incredibly loud in the tent, and it got quite cold. We got our sleeping bags out and got into them as the temperature kept dropping. The hail lasted five minutes or so and the rain continued on for an hour. The whole storm had us in the tent for about two hours.
The trail was amazing. There was a mixture of pine sprigs and hailstones making a Christmas carpet that smelled nice.
Eventually we got to the car, and found it damaged. Dents in the metal and cracks in the windshield. Mine seemed to be the most damaged vehicle, though I did see some evidence on others.