Deck the Halls with…Wait…Did I Miss it? by Jenn Doubleday
We sort of forgot we had this blog.
Actually, that isn’t true. I forgot we had this blog. Mea culpa.
But there were back-to-back tech weeks, and back-to-back holidays, and I hope that the time you would have spent reading our updates was spent drinking hot cocoa with your family instead. At least, that’s what I did!
The holidays are a lot like tech week. The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or say, planning a birthday party for your almost-two-year-old that may have gotten slightly out of hand, are enormously difficult and enormously rewarding. You spend all week planning for the big day; shopping, cleaning, decorating, and failing to live up to your Pinterest board, all in the hopes that your dozen family members will enjoy themselves for a few hours. It’s a week full of rushing and bustling, trying to perfect every tiny detail for a few moments of holiday bliss. And that, in a nutshell, is what we attempt every week at SCT.
Of course, instead of a few family members we invite 150 strangers, and instead of having them over once in December we perform about 210 days a year. And they don’t clean up after themselves. Theatre, like the holidays, is an ephemeral pastime. All the hard work and effort to plan that one magical moment is here today, and in the prop room tomorrow. We rehearse three-minute musical numbers for hours at a time, and spend weeks rigging special effects that last only one second of each performance. In doing so, we hope to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Long after the cookies have been devoured and the wrapping paper has been thrown away, the memories of entertaining your loved ones remain. You can laugh that the turkey was still slightly frozen in the middle, and you can start planning to make next year even better than this one.
On opening night, sometimes the paint is still a little wet. Sometimes the magic trick doesn’t work like it should. No matter what, we get the unique opportunity to make each show better than the one before it. We get to see smiles on children’s faces and delight in their eyes all year round! Yes, tech week is just like the holidays, and I for one, am exceedingly glad that I get to live them all year round.
This holiday season, SCT got an amazing gift in the form of a newly refinished stage! Thanks to Mike Prow, Vann Doubleday, Eric G. Mitchell, Mark Padgett, Glory Padgett, Chris Bass, Josh Riggs, and Corbin Hernandez, our 7-year-old stage got a facelift, and boy, does she look beautiful! You can check out photos of the entire process here…and while you’re there, don’t forget to like our page! Thank you for being part of our zany SCT family. Happy New(ish) Year!