Well, we did it. All of the hard work and LONG days and nights finally paid off. It was an awesome weekend and experience, and I know Simon and I were both sad today, thinking about how “it’s over.” Obviously, I can still dress up like a pirate, and he like Michael, anytime he wants- but there was something truly magical about everyone in the audience GASPING when Simon yelled out “Christmas” and went flying into the air as Michael Darling.
On Monday before Friday’s performance, we showed up at the theater for our rehearsal to be told that: the company that’d been hired to build beautiful set pieces for the Darling Nursery and Neverland showed up a day late, with only partial pieces put together. What was already put together was rickety and not functional at all. Our Stage Manager and Assistant Director stood on the stage in front of our 78 person cast and crew and said, “We have no set. Tonight we are asking everyone to help build one” with tears in their eyes and frogs in their throats. Some parents drove to the hardware store, some brought their power tools. Some enlisted spouses with woodworking, building or creative arts skills. We piece together a beautiful set and was perfect for our show. I papier mache’d Skull Rock and stripped and glued my old sheets to logs for the Lost Boys’ hideout. There were moments that we all thought, “This will never get done.” And yet, it did.
Of all three performances, I actually think Opening Night (Friday) was probably the best. Everyone was on fire and the audience was SOLD OUT for all three showings. It was incredible. To crawl through the audience telling kiddos in their seats to “Shhhhh” as a part of Hook’s crew when we sneaked up on the Lost Boys and Natives for Fights… it was just magical to hear them all ooooh and ahhh over the whole thing.
George did a good job as the Dish for both Friday and Sunday’s performance. He was quarantined with a stomach bug on Saturday though. Thankfully Bonnie watched him so my mom and dad could enjoy the show since that’s when they were able to come. My brother and sister in law and niece Landry all came to see it, too. It made us feel so loved and special to see so many friends and family come out to the show.
Here are some photos we snapped backstage. Of course now I wish I would’ve taken more- of Hook, Peter, all of them. But the memories we have will last forever, I’m sure.
And now to decide what show we’ll do next! I can’t wait to see what happens. I already feel like we’ve gained a new family and community through this experience.
Thanks to all who came and saw the hard work that went into it. I hope it was as magical for you as it was for us!