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February 25, 2008

The Curtain Falls on "The Odd Couple"

The_odd_couple_cast_photo_lrI was in the catwalk above the stage last night as we were cleaning up the lights from our production of "The Odd Couple." Sheryl Vander Linden, who did a wonderful job playing Renee, walked onto the bare stage beneath me. Olive's New York apartment was gone. The props were put away. The furniture was crammed to the front of the stage, ready to be returned.

"It's always so sad," Sheryl said mournfully, looking at the empty stage.

I know what she means. There is a grieving process to letting go of a fun production. And yet, the bare stage is just a metaphor for the possibilities. There are other productions to be staged. There are other experiences to be lived out under the lights and actors to get to know and with whom to work.

But not for a while, yet.

It was a long weekend for Wendy and me as we finished our four show run of "The Odd Couple". The show went really, really well. We had great crowds for Thursday and Friday night. Things tapered off for Saturday and Sunday - but those who saw the show really enjoyed it.

Now, it's time for a break from the stage. There is no Tulip Time show for USP this year, so the next production picks up in May - and we have typically stayed away from getting too involved in the summer show. We're looking forward to spending more time at the lake this summer - so that's motivating us.

That doesn't mean we don't have plenty to do. There are a ton of organizational things we'll be working on for the theatre this Spring, but that can be worked in along the way. Last night as we drove away from the theatre we felt the pressure of production lifted. It was a great show and I'm proud of what we put on stage, but I'm also glad that it's over.


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