When I was in second grade I went to see my first professional play. The entire second grade from my elementary school went by bus to downtown Hartford, CT to see a production of YOUNG ABE LINCOLN.
To this day, I can remember sitting on the edge of my seat watching these people dressed in period clothes moving about the stage. To me it was like television had come alive in front of me...and with no commercials. I was mesmerized. And when the actors came down into the audience for the final musical number, Abe Lincoln put is foot up on my chair and winked at me. I was over the moon. Somehow that small gesture made me feel like I was part of the play. I was hooked. I had to be a part of this.
I spent the better part of Saturday and Sunday working with John Menard on editing the opening video clip for the show, and trimming all of our music cues. I hadn't realized until about 4:30 pm that I had forgotten about a brunch I had been invited to AND missed a massage I had scheduled. The opening video is exactly what I envisioned 18 months ago when I first came up with the idea for how I wanted to open the play. I was exhausted, exhilarated, and I thought of that little girl sitting in the darkened theater who had no idea what lay in front of her... and all I can still say is WOW. I wish I knew where that actor who played Abe Lincoln was... I'd let him know he changed my life.
26 days until we open.