Rehearsals soon began; several games of Wah, Yee’Haw and Splat started most Sunday mornings with a bang but quickly the hard work began, blocking, singing, characterization and line learning, however there was never a moment devoid of laughter, fun and friendship. The relationships forged in those four months will remain for years to come, never has a group of young people been so supportive, encouraging and genuinely kind to each other.
After the Christmas break, the cast was joined by an army of parent costume designers, student stage crew, lighting and sound designers, set builders and many, many more. To be back in Hampton Hill Theatre after so long was really an emotional experience. Rehearsals restarted with even more vigor and enthusiasm, polishing details, refining moments and getting used to the grand theatre space. Over that week, spending so much time together, transformed our cast into the family it is.
It would be remiss to say that all this just happened overnight, hundreds of hours were spent to put this performance together, especially by Emma, our director and pianist and Scarlett, not only the assistant director but the stage manager, props buyer, smoke machine operator and genuine friend to all. Late nights, countless phone calls and emails, prop making, costume designing and supporting, they never stopped and for that we all really want to thank them for everything.
There is no way to describe the feeling of being on stage, doing what you love with the people you love. The audience applauding you, taking your bow and celebrating your success with those who got you through the tough times is something truly special and a memory we will treasure forever.
And after that final performance, that last song, that last round of applause, the tears began. Not tears of sadness, but incomparable joy at your passion, your hard work and perseverance. The feeling of it all being over is an odd emotion but one that will never leave my mind.