Last weekend, I hung up the headset for the final time. The show I have given my life to for the better part of October played its final performance on Sunday. This show taught me a lot about myself, stage management, and theater. Even though the schedule is grueling and I lack sleep during the performance weekends, I always end up looking back on these experiences with nostalgia and joy.
Theater is weird; especially community theater. A group of people comes together for roughly three months. You spend almost every available waking hour together. You learn the show, you add the lights and costumes, you perform. And then suddenly, it’s over almost as quickly as it began. You’re left wondering if you’ll ever have the chance to work with these people again–or even see these people again. And even if you do, it’s not the same. You’re extremely unlikely to ever do another show with all the same people again. One or two? Maybe. But never everybody in the same company at the same time. That’s what makes theater weird. But also extremely special.
Now that my free time is not devoted to calling light cues and making sure the actors and orchestra are ready to start Act II, I can turn my attention back to baking and blogging. The timing couldn’t be better since soon we enter the holiday season.
I know that technically we still have a few weeks before the “holiday season” officially arrives in the US, but for me, I’ve always started getting into the holiday spirit right after Halloween. I’m also going to take advantage of the fall flavors that I’ve been neglecting since September. Right now I have my eye on Pumpkin Pecan Muffins. That seems to be a good way to segue back into baking, muffins aren’t that hard to make.
Until next time…