So, two weeks from today is opening night for our fall production, "Fiddler on the Roof." In case you have noticed, this is why I have not been to your blogs lately. The run-up to the play is crazy, and while I have an incredible group of devoted parents who help with everything you can imagine, there is still a fair amount of critical stuff that simply can't be delegated.
The place in the rehearsal process where we currently find ourselves is one of my favorites. Scenery is starting to appear and every night a little more of it is painted, so each morning brings a magical glimpse of what is to come. Costume racks are starting to fill. We're moving from rehearsing in small sections to running through the whole play, so I'm beginning to see glimpses of what could be.
Everything about the play is very much in the process of becoming. The entire production is pliable and flexible right now. Depending on the choices the young performers make in the next week or two, the play will either be successful, or not so much. I am fast approaching the point where the only thing I can really do is offer advice and be a cheerleader.
Perhaps, the best way to describe where we are at right now is that everything is still possible. The set, the costumes, the performances, the choreography, is all still a possibility. Choices can still make a difference. And yet, we are starting to see enough to be able envision what some of those possibilities are. It's terribly exciting to me.
You might say that the play is currently in its adolescence--the physical form is beginning to take shape, and one can see glimmers of where it is headed. At the same time, there is still a great deal that can happen--much that can change, for good or bad. The play reminds me of the kids I teach and direct--and of my own spirit.
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