It’s Over… A Great Success

So the play is over, my garage is full of props and furniture, my house is a disaster zone. LOL

It was amazing. The kids were superstars. I bought a whole bunch of food to feed them Friday, but they were way too nervous to eat. My daughter was a bit wired, but the show went off without a hitch. The audience loved it and I had never seen the full second half so it was great. The sound and lighting volunteers were AMAZING. It was so great to be working with professionals (even if the production manager was a bit of a dick – paid employee). My daughter’s friend Siobhan was calling the show and at one point the PM said “You are great at this, I don’t need to be in here, I’m taking a break.” She had it running smoothly, the sounds and special effects were great, no one forgot their lines, there was a bit of improvising at one point when a deck of cards fell, but they just went smoothly on their way.

The Saturday night show was nearly sold out. I can’t wait to get my final ticket numbers, but they just rocked it and blew everyone away.

I was so stinking proud of them. It still makes me a bit teary when I think of how excited they were and just riding on a high after every show. They are amazing kids and all of their parents should be so freaking proud of them and what they achieved. My daughter got an amazing bouquet of roses from the cast and they even had flowers for some of the other integral parents which they presented after the show. And I got a dozen red roses. I was very touched because I had nothing to do with that stuff.

Kristen's flowers

Kristen’s flowers

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We had the truck loaded right away and a couple of the boys came with me and we returned the couch and unloaded the rest in my garage and then went back and they had the set wall dismantled and they loaded that in the truck and I was home by 10:45. Wow. We technically could have stayed until 11:30.

Today I phoned Kristen’s riding school and they agreed to let me store the walls in their loft until I can find someone to take them. The sound guy told me some theatre companies who might like them. I would just hate to throw it in the trash. So much work and money went into them.

Tuesday I will hopefully have my income statement and I’m getting together with the other mother who has been handling the money and we can figure out how much money we have left at the end and what we’ll do with it. It was an amazing experience, I learned so much my mind reels at how much the kids know about putting on a show. Would I do it again? In difficult circumstances for my kid, yes. Generally speaking? No. LOL It was a part-time job on top of my full-time job. But seeing the audience reaction made it worth it.

The local newspaper came out to take some pictures and interview Kristen and Josh. I’m not sure if the interview will go ahead, but here are the pictures that were posted today.

I slept about 11 hours last night, carrying all the stuff means my neck and shoulders are tight, and my knees hurt from running up and down stairs all night. But I’ll survive. Some pics one of the father’s took and some my daughter took.

My daughter with her Director’s head set before opening night. Very professional. ;-)

12 thoughts on “It’s Over… A Great Success

  1. Chris says:

    Congrats to the kids on their success!! And to you for supporting them… and surviving! :)

    • Tam says:

      Thanks Chris. I am so happy for them that it was a great success. Not sure I survived. Yesterday I did nothing beyond get rid of the sets and take the truck back. I was like a giant lump. Ugh. I think I am taking tomorrow off because my house and garage are full of stuff that needs sorted and returned and there is not a stitch of Christmas decorating done. Ack! Also it’s supposed to snow a lot tomorrow, so a good day to stay home. Freezing rain today. Crazy crazy weather.

  2. Cole says:

    SO when you get a REAL break, huh? You need one!

  3. K. Z. Snow says:

    Bravo! Great sets and costumes. (Obviously, I can’t comment on the acting. :)) Now you can go back to being just another ordinary, nutty mom. :-D

    • Tam says:

      Ordinary? Moi? LOL I have to say those wood panels look amazing. It’s all done with stain and paint. It looks so 3D.

      It was an amazing experience, exhausting, frustrating, stressful (two massive cold sores thanks to stress) but I am so glad I got to experience it and give the kids that chance.

  4. Polt says:

    YAY for all of them and their success! I loved helping backstage at the productions when I was in high school. So much fun.

    HUGS….

    • Tam says:

      I have to give the props girl Katrina kudos. She did an amazing job keeping everything organized. It’s fun, but stressful. :-)

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